Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

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What are the Humanities?

The humanities are everywhere. In fact, they are often so interwoven into our daily lives that it can feel easy to miss them. A Bob Dylan song on the radio. A World War II monument in the park. An Audre Lorde poem in the subway. The humanities are always with us. They encompass the many methods—such as painting, philosophy, and music—that we use to make sense of the human experience. Yes, we learn them in classes on history and literature, art and music, architecture and foreign languages. But they are also ingrained in our everyday lives, helping us understand the world and our place in it.

What is a “Humanities Moment”?

We’ve all had “Humanities Moments”—when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide. These “aha!” moments give depth and meaning to our lives and help change the way we think about ourselves and the world around us.

How can I identify and share a Humanities Moment?

Think of a time when the humanities caught you off guard—and, in doing so, transformed your understanding of the world around you. Perhaps a poem turned your life upside down. Maybe a sculpture upended your sense of reality. Or a film altered your perception of history. It could have been at your kitchen table or in an art museum, in a high-school English class or on a cross-country road trip. Wherever and whenever it was, reflect on that experience. Consider how it affected you. Then tell us about it.

  • First, create a title for your Humanities Moment.
  • Then, in fewer than 200 words, describe what happened. Where did it take place? How did it make you feel? What changed as a result?
  • Now, think about why your moment is a humanities moment. In other words, how did the humanities—an encounter with art, literature, music, history, philosophy, etc.—transform your understanding of the world?
  • Finally, upload an image, video, or audio file that best characterizes your moment. How would you visually depict your Humanities Moment?

Click here to browse a collection of sample moments to consider.