The Heart of the Matter

In 2010, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences created a Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences to address the importance of the humanities in the 21st century. The result is the Commission’s report, The Heart of the Matter. The report’s companion seven-minute film offers perspective about the role of the humanities in creating “a more civil public discourse, a more adaptable and creative workforce, and a more secure nation.”


To learn more about national humanities programs and initiatives, visit the National Endowment for the Humanities website.