Although humanists have tended to dwell on simple dichotomies as the source of our problems - the humanities versus virtually any other field of inquiry, scholarship versus teaching, specialization versus public reach, and innovation versus tradition - the real challenge to the humanities lies elsewhere.

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Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This article first appeared in Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 63:1 (2009): 44-46.

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