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Pacific Humanities Scholars Program
Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Director of Pacific Humanities Scholars Program, Professor of English / Film Studies

Humanities News

“Our concern is not how to worship in the catacombs, but how to remain human in the skyscrapers.”

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Valuable Than Learning Any Trade

Vivek Ranadive, CEO and founder of real-time computing company TIBCO, explore the application and value of a liberal arts degree in a digital marketplace.

Why Critics are Wrong About a Liberal Arts Degree

According to Wilson Peden, senior writer and digital content editor at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the unemployed humanities major is just a myth, and an easily disproved one. Read more>>.

What's in a Face?

Psychologists have found that reading--specifically literary fiction--increases your ability to 'read' the facial expressions and body language of the people around you. Their findings, summarized PDF pic in this article from the New York Times, postulate that reading works by authors such as Chekov and Austen can even help you better empathize with others. 

Is Philosophy the Most Practical Major?

This article in the Atlantic discusses the advantages of majoring in philosophy. The author, Edward Tenner, is a historian of technology and culture. He was a founding advisor of Smithsonian's Lemelson Center and holds a Ph.D in European history. 

Dentistry and Art: Unlikely Bedfellows?


Trent Burkett ProjectFind out how Art and Graphic Design professor Trent Burkett came to develop a new course called "Pre-Dental Ceramics" for Pacific's pre-dental students. The final project called for students to create a "tooth-based" sculptural project-a creative larger interpretation of teeth built in porcelain and fired in a kiln.

Read the full article here: Routine Dentist Appointment Leads to New Course in Predental Ceramics

Dr. Lehmann's Suggested Reading List

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
(Heidi Durrow)
Half the Sky (Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudun)
The Black Swan (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
Nickle and Dimed in America (Barbara Ehrenreich)
The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
This is Your Brain on Music (Daniel J. Levitin)
Sailing to Byzantium (Robert Silverberg)
Poetry by Ranier Maria Rilke