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ACLS Welcomes Report of Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences


06/19/2013 - The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) welcomes the release of the report of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences convened by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The study presents a set of recommendations to preserve and enhance humanistic and social scientific research and education at all levels in the United States.

"The report of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences brings together in one document the points that advocates for the humanities have been making separately," said ACLS President Pauline Yu, a member of the Commission.  "The report asserts forcefully the value of the humanities and social sciences to society, a value that is diminished by declining funding for these vital areas of knowledge."

Click here to access the report.

Charged by members of Congress to consider how governmental and private institutions could strengthen the humanities and social sciences in the United States, the 54-member Commission held numerous regional forums and heard testimony from dozens of witnesses on the value of these fields in education, to civic life and local community, and to our nation’s security and global competitiveness. The resulting report brings this evidence into a coherent framework that presents both the intrinsic and practical value of the humanities.

For more information about the Commission, its members, and future events related to the report, visit the Commission’s official site.

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