« As we strive to create a more civil public discourse, a more adaptable and creative workforce, and a more secure nation, the humanities and social sciences are the heart of the matter, the keeper of the republic—a source of national memory and civic vigor, cultural understanding and communication, individual fulfillment and the ideals we hold in common. » writes the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in The Heart of the Matter, The Humanities and Social Sciences for a vibrant, competitive, and secure nation (Adapted chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor to follow)
This report invites all stakeholders, public and private alike, to embrace a new commitment to collaboration, and a new sense of mutual obligation to the critical role of the humanities and social sciences for a vibrant democracy.
The Heart of the Matter identifies three goals for advancing the humanities and social sciences in America:
- Educate Americans in the knowledge, skills, and understanding they will need to thrive in a twenty-first-century democracy
- Foster a society that is innovative, competitive, and strong
- Equip the nation for leadership in an interconnected world.
It also makes thirteen broad recommendations .