“We all ask philosophical questions, we all read, and we all dance,” says Stefania de Kenessey. “The humanities and the arts are all around us, and we can no more escape them then we can such necessary functions as breathing.”
There are those that claim the humanities are dying—or at the very least in crisis. De Kenessey, an associate professor of music at Eugene Lang College, is not one of them. In fact, pose the argument as a question to her, and the lifelong musician looks puzzled before laughing at the thought, “Well, they’re obviously not!”
De Kenessey joined Research Radio this month to discuss the active and vital role the humanities play not only when it comes to higher education, but also society. Click on the player above to listen to, “The Universal Language.”
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