VIDEO: Humanities as "Suppleness of Intellect" [2:25]

In this 2-minute compilation, NJ academic leaders speak about the role of the humanities on college campuses and in daily civic life.

"The humanities are really where you have to go to ask those questions which appeal to your soul... [College] students still have souls... they don't check them at the door when they come here," says Peter Mercer, President of Ramapo College.

This compilation also includes comments from Judith Stark, Professor of Philosophy at Seton Hall University, and Shirley Tilghman, President Emerita of Princeton University.

Audio clips are from WORDS MATTER, a 5-part series of interviews with NJ leaders in higher education, exploring the relationship of words and leadership. Full podcasts can be downloaded at

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The WORDS MATTER radio project was partially funded by a mini-grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities.