Letter: Newspapers Are Part of the Problem

T o the Editor:

Thank you for having given your readership the Nov. 10 editorial, “Student Disciplines: Humanities Lose Their Luster.”

But it’s not only the schools that are providing a sad commentary. The media is guilty, too, including the realm of newspapers and even the Valley News.

The Sunday paper has an entire section devoted to business and money, which even has its own subsection, computers and technology. Admittedly, those are the gods worshipped today, and perhaps the Valley News is merely giving its readers what they want.

But I’d rather see a humanities section in the Sunday paper than the latest (never-ending and quickly outdated) updates on technology. The occasional book review in the Life and Leisure section is welcome, but that hardly qualifies as covering the humanities.

In other words, while the Valley News examines Dartmouth in particular and academe in general, it wouldn’t hurt to look in the mirror, either.

Arthur Vidro



Editorial: Student Disciplines; Humanities Lose Their Luster

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

We have little doubt that Phil Hanlon, the newly installed president of Dartmouth College and a torchbearer for the liberal arts, can mount a credible defense of the humanities. But his address to the faculty last Monday was apparently not an occasion to do so. As Valley News staff writer Sarah Brubeck reported, Hanlon’s vision for the institution includes expanding …