Critical Thinking in the Humanities

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Why do we study the Humanities?

Assignment #1: Heart of the Matter Questions

Based on the video, The Heart of the Matter Please answer the questions below in your notes;
What are the Humanities?
How do the Humanities compare to the Sciences?
List the areas of study the Humanities focus on?
What is the purpose of the Humanities?
Why are the Humanities so important to study?
Why is History an example of a Humanity?

Assignment #2: Define the Humanities

After taking in the whole video, please define in your own words what the Humanities are.

Assignment # 3: Compare the Heart of the Matter to the speech from Dead Poets Society.

We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, and love; these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman "Oh me, Oh life of the questions of these recurring. of the endless trains of the faithless of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these? Oh me, Oh life." "Answer...that you are here and life exists....You are here. Life exists, and identity. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse." That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

This is Water

Speech given to Kenyon College's 2005 graduating class.