Important blog from Scientific American. Harvard physicist Avi Loeb connects the future of technological innovation to the lessons of the humanities, citing the report of the American Academy's Commission on on the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Heart of the Matter.
Although public research universities educate 3.8 million students annually and initiate the fundamental research that drives scientific and technological discovery, state governments have cut their funding to these institutions by at least 34% on average. Since the universities are able to raise tuition and cut programming (however, inadvisable that may be) state houses have treated … Continue reading Reaching State Governments
The New York Times has interviewed Rebecca Sandefur, co-editor of the Winter 2019 issue of Daedalus on Access to Justice. Professor Sandefur challenges the legal profession to think creatively about how to provide more legal services to more people in need. The entire volume is available for free online here.
First Idea Communications is working with the Academy to build grassroots interest among the lawyers; legal services providers; local, state and federal courts; law schools, and others who have been waiting for a detailed overview of the problem to help them make the case for changes, reforms, and innovations in the prevision of legal services.
America's Languages, the final report of the American Academy's Commission on Language Learning, provided the context for the new Department of Education international strategy, as outlined in Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement, unveiled today. The Academy report is cited as a justification for increasing resources for the development of global competencies. First Idea worked … Continue reading Academy Language Report Now National Policy
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, a signatory of the American Academy call-to-action, Bridging America's Language Gap, calls for improved language education in an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle.
First Idea helped organize this call-to-action as a strategic tool for teachers, translators, proprietors and publishers to use on the own behalf. The lesson: sometimes the best case you can make for yourself is to let your supporters speak for you.
Language Learning and National Security An op-ed in Inside Higher Ed by Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, drafted as part of the campaign to support America's Languages, the report of the American Academy's Commission on Language Learning.
We needed to prove that American monolingualism is an insufficient basis for success in an increasingly interconnected world. More positively, and perhaps more importantly, we needed to prove that multilingualism is an asset and a goal worth pursuing.
The best communicators aim for what Wallace Stevens once called “the first idea”—the original truth behind their words.