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Workshop on the Integration of Education in the Humanities, Science, Engineering and Medicine


A committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce convened a workshop on December 2, 2015 to engage college and university faculty and administrators, scientists and engineers, health professionals, humanists, artists, federal agency officials, business leaders, Congressional staff, and others on the topic of “Integrating Education in the Arts and Humanities with Education in STEM. More than 100 participants spent the day focused on the key issues in integrating humanities education with STEM education. Please find the meeting materials below: 

- Agenda
- Participant List
- "Often Asserted, Rarely Measured: The Value of Integrating Humanities, STEM, and Arts in Undergraduate Learning" By Hannah Stewart-Gambino and Jenn Stroud Rossman
- Powerpoint Presentation: "Often asserted, rarely measured: The value of (re)integrating humanities, STEM, and arts in undergraduate learning" By Hannah Stewart-Gambino and Jenn Stroud Rossman
- "Why the Hard Science of Engineering is No Longer Enough to Meet the 21st Century Challenges" By Richard K. Miller


As BHEW embarks on new projects aimed at improving the understanding and application of science, engineering and medicine toward the social, economic and cultural well-being of the nation and planet, we believe it is critical to work with partners in the humanities for their input and engagement. While our focus is developing policy recommendations that improve science, engineering and health education and training in our nation’s colleges and universities, a broader goal is to enable all citizens to have enriching and meaningful lives. 

As such, we believe the higher education and public policy communities would benefit from an exploration of effective strategies to link educational experiences in science, engineering and medicine within rich experiences in the humanities—including literature, history, philosophy, arts, language, religion, and area studies.





A Workshop Hosted by the Board on Higher Education and Workforce of the

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

December 2, 2015

This workshop is intended for college and university faculty and administrators, scientists and engineers, health professionals, humanists, artists, federal agency officials, business leaders, Congressional staff, and other stakeholders interested in exploring the benefits of more integrated educational experiences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 


Key Issues to be addressed at the workshop:

  • The value of incorporating curricula and experiences in the arts and humanities--including history, literature, language, philosophy, and the arts--into college and university STEM education and workforce training programs, and understanding whether and how these experiences:  1) prepare STEM students and workers to be more effective communicators, critical thinkers, problem-solvers and leaders; and   2) prepare STEM graduates to be more creative and effective scientists, engineers, technologists and health care providers.
  • The value of integrating more STEM curricula and experiences into the academic programs of students who are majoring in the humanities, arts and related disciplines.
  • Understanding how a more integrated liberal arts curriculum, relative to current approaches, can better prepare students for success as both citizens and workers, and help prepare them to responsibly address the most compelling grand challenges facing our society, such as global stewardship, health care for our youngest and oldest citizens, and gene editing. 



A workshop summary report will be issued at the end of the project. 


William “Bro” Adams
Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities

Susan Albertine
Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Laurie Baefsky
Executive Director, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and the University of Michigan’s ArtsEngine

Norman Bradburn
Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago’s Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, Department of Psychology, Booth School of Business and the College, and Senior Fellow at NORC, University of Chicago

Martin Chalfie
University Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, and co-recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Ed Derrick
Director , American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center of Science, Policy & Society Programs

Richard K. Miller
President, Olin College

Suzanna Rose
Director, School of Integrated Science and Humanity, and Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, Florida International University

Pauline Yu
President, American Council of Learned Societies