About PHC:Humanities Defined
The humanities are a way of thinking that allows us to:
Discover who we are. Understand others. Shape our world.
The humanities represent knowledge and appreciation of humanity and the works we make such as literature, history, and the arts, as well as aspects of everyday life like customs and traditions. The humanities inspire us all to think critically, solve problems, understand and appreciate cultural differences, become informed citizens, and build a better world for the next generation.
Former PHC Board Chair Ann M Benzel on the meaning of the humanities
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Besides history and literature, humanities fields include philosophy, the history and criticism of the arts, comparative religion, the study of languages and linguistics, cultural anthropology and archaeology, jurisprudence, and studies within the social sciences concerned with humankind's search for meaning and value.
This special approach to understanding the human experience based on reflection and dialog is ALIVE in Pennsylvania — and supported by PHC.