Key Findings

“Key Findings” from WE1S research on media and other public discourse related to the humanities are presented in the form of one-page documentation “cards” designed to communicate clearly in bite-sized chunks. An important “explainability” method in data science inspired by documentation methods for complex medical and nutrition research, “cards” give essential information, examples, and evidence. (See our Methods card M-1 on “cards.”) Each card ends with “Resources” that include a link to a documentation deposit holding research reports, lab notes, and other underlying evidence).

WE1S Key Finding cards present the main story and evidence examples for discrete, modular findings, which in reports and other materials we weave into more complex syntheses. Key Findings are one of the input components of WE1S Research-to-Action Toolkits, whose output components include Call-to-Action and Call-to-Communication recommendations.

The Humanities Crisis

How, where, and when do people think the humanities are in "crisis"?

The Value of the Humanities

How do people assign worth to the humanities in society?

Broader Profile of the Humanities in Society

How do the humanities bridge from disciplines in the academy to broader society? (See also below on "Humanities and Science in the Media" )

Humanities and Social Groups

What is the relation of the humanities to racial, ethnic, and other social groups as understood in the media?

Humanities and Science in the Media

How do the humanities and sciences compare in their public profile in the media?

Students and the Humanities

What do students think about the humanities in relation other fields, society, and life? WE1S's findings draw on our analysis of mainstream news media and student newspapers, complemented by surveys of students and others at two of our project's campuses (UC Santa Barbara and U. Miami). The surveys and focus groups we ran (following approved "human subjects" research protocols) help give an on-the-ground perspective on what we observed in published media.

The Humanities and Social Media

How do the humanities appear on social media (Twitter and Reddit)?

The Humanities and Ordinary Life

How pervasive are mentions of the humanities in the media as part of the common milieu of individual, social, and cultural existence?

Humanities Funding

What is the profile in the media of government agencies and private foundations that support the humanities?