On a weekly basis people of all backgrounds and various points of view are contributing to a vibrant conversation about the Humanities and their place in our current culture. Scholars, public officials, journalists, and commentators debate whether the true benefit of the humanities resides in their inherent and intrinsic value or in their proven capacity to help people develop skills and talents that improve their professional prospects and benefit the organizations they serve.

At Saint Anselm, we have always recognized that the answer is clearly both, and that the debate about the true value of the humanities extends all the way back to the debate among medieval theologians concerning whether human beings ought to ultimately pursue an active or contemplative life. We invite you to enter into this ancient and contemporary discourse in the articles we track and post on this page.