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Everyone who has been paying attention knows that the humanities, once the heart of the university, have been devalued in the United States. Thus, they are often the first victims of downsizing, tight budgets, or profit-driven schemes. The humanities can serve as a kind of mine canary: when poison gas builds up in academia, they are usually the first to feel its effects, but the other disciplines won't be far behind. When the humanities are handicapped and threatened by the corporate agenda, the whole academic endeavor as we know it is at risk.
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