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UMKC Panelists Weigh in for KCUR’s Central Standard

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A new report from the Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences calls on the government and schools to invest resources into art, literature, foreign language and culture.

Two University of Missouri-Kansas City administrators weighed in on the topic during a recent segment of KCUR-FM’s Central Standard.

Virginia Blanton, professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UMKC, Wayne Vaught, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UMKC, and Gerald Early, professor of modern letters at Washington University all talked about the importance of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in the modern workplace.

“Part of the problem is the assumption that students in the STEM fields have a direct path to a job, whereas students with a humanities degree won’t end up with a job,” Blanton said. “[But] due to the broad nature of a humanities degree, there are actually lots of jobs open to students.”

KCUR-FM is a service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


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