Conflict and Concomitance: Making Humanities Connect
Articles are appearing with increasing frequency bemoaning the increasing separation of the study of humanities from its public. Teachers of the humanities are seeking new ways to make their discipline accessible and meaningful to an ever more skeptical, and technologically inclined, student body. The authors have been teaching a humanities course for two years that uses the "two cultures" paradigm as its pedagogical "hook". This presentation will demonstrate how they use the conflicts (and concomitances) between science and the humanities provide the opportunity to teach the latter in a way which challenges the student to question preconceptions of reality, truth and understanding.
Keywords: Humanities, Science, Interdisciplinary teaching
Dr. Susan M. Leist
Professor, Department of English, SUNY College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Dr. Stanley Kardonsky
Vice President for Finance and Management, Department of Chemistry, SUNY College at Buffalo