Please read “This is Water” by David Foster Wallace. Here, he makes an argument about the humanities in a commencement speech. We will look at two arguments on this same subject and work to compare them.
For now, please complete this PACES Worksheet. It asks for quite a bit so make sure to be detailed and respond to each section fully.
Also, we have a great resource in a recording of David Foster Wallace giving this speech at a graduation at Kenyon College. Feel free to use this video while we work on this project.
Please read “Why Study Humanities” by John Horgan. He makes an argument that is at its core similar to Wallace’s, but it is presented very differently.
To be able to easily compare them later, please complete the PACES Worksheet. It asks for quite a bit so make sure to be detailed and respond to each section fully.
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