To my great joy and gratitude, I joined the Covenant School faculty this year as an upper school humanities teacher. I would like to introduce myself and my role by saying a few things about what the humanities are and why we care about them at Covenant.
The study of the humanities, at least as we understand it today, arose in the Renaissance era (mid 14th – mid 16thcenturies). Fueled by the rediscovery of the Greek and Roman classics, Renaissance humanists looked to the distinctly human fields of history, languages, literatures, cultures, the arts, and philosophy to cast a vision for a healthier, more holistic society. In doing so, they dwelled on those questions that get to the heart of what it means to live well as a person: What are goodness and beauty? What are truth and justice? What is the good life? Still today, the humanities are a key means by which we reflect on these important questions as we seek to grow in wisdom and virtue.