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Summary Of The Economic Case For Saving The Humanities By Christina H. Paxson

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Christina H. Paxson published the essay “The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities” on August 20, 2013, in the New Republic. Christina H. Paxson is currently the president of Brown University. She earned her graduate degrees in economics at Columbia university and previously graduated in the 1982 honors class of Swarthmore College. Paxson’s studies lead her to touch on the economic side of whether to or not to study the humanities. Paxson starts her argument with a necessary disclaimer explaining the complexity of defending the humanities. She explains that it is not obvious that the humanities are directly related to occupations we deem necessary today but claims that they most definitely are related. Paxson’s third paragraph pulls in …show more content…

Those with extensive knowledge of the Arabic language and history became a necessity to make sense of the attacks. Paxson’s third point in paragraph 15. She argues that because the pace of learning is getting faster and faster that the humanities will keep us grounded and remind us of our values. Her conclusion references a writing by Alexis de Tocqueville about his trip to the United States in the early 1830s. Paxson says the Alexis stresses the importance in communication and diversity of knowledge. After reading this essay extensively, I can say that I agree with Paxson, simply because I am bias to the arts. I grew up with a cousin publishing three books before the age of eighteen, a mother who could spend days in the theatre, and a father who relieves stress by strumming his guitar. I myself have participated in theatre and choir. I have gained many skills from both theatre and choir that some would argue have nothing to do with either. In choir, math is required to keep rhythm and to know how beats to hold a note. While the math of theatre is much more behind the scenes it is crucial to having a successful and effective performance by creating the scenery that sets the tone of the

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