Share Your Humanities Moment
What are the Humanities?
The humanities encompass the many methods we use to make sense of the human experience. We learn them in classes on history and literature, art and music, philosophy 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 about an important occasion in your life when the influence of the humanities could be felt. Perhaps it occurred while you sat in an interesting class, or was spurred by something unexpected you encountered in a museum. Maybe you suddenly recalled the words of a poem or the lyrics to a song or discovered the story behind a family heirloom. Perhaps it occurred while watching a striking video clip or visiting a foreign city.
Reflect on that experience and how it affected you. Then tell us about it.
- First, create a title for your Humanities Moment.
- Then, in 200 words or less, 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 was this experience made more clear or more meaningful because of the humanities — from your experience and knowledge of art or folklore, history or literature, music, philosophy, or religion, for instance?
- 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.