The humanities are the ideas and stories that make sense of the human experience and urge us to reflect back upon ourselves. The humanities are—in the words of the philosopher Charles Frankel—a “curious combination of involvement and detachment” and “of the search for scientific objectivity and irrepressible personal idiosyncrasy.”
Humanities journalism applies the practices of the humanities—deep analysis, critical understanding, historical insight, and creative reflection—to journalistic forms: articles, essays, interviews, and live events. Its intent is not to stake out positions in current debates. Rather, through deep subject knowledge and personal experience, it sheds light on critical issues and trends, both past and present, that explain our shared condition.