The Heart and Soul of a Humanities Agenda: Dirt, Death, and Creativity
John Kenneth Galbraith called the Canadian educator and novelist, Robertson Davies, "one of the most learned, amusing and otherwise accomplished novelists of our time." In 1981 Davies, after stepping down from his educator's job as Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto for twenty years, published a novel, The Rebel Angels, in which the humanities curriculum at a university is so to speak the main character and theme of the book. It is Davies' plea for the importance of curiosity-driven research as the heart and soul of the university. Only it can enable creativity and innovation to stay alive and well, so that all sectors of society and the planet can benefit. Not only that, but Davies offers convincing psychological insights into the source of intercultural violence.
Keywords: An Agenda for the Humanities, Maximizing Research and Innovation, Inquiry into Intercultural Conflict
Dr. Richard Max Ilgner
Head and Professor, Department of German and Russian, Memorial University