DiSalvo, Carl. "Why Study and Do Design in a College of Liberal Arts"
Buchanan, Richard. Design and the New Rhetoric: Productive Arts in the Philosophy of Culture
Olejarz, JM. "Liberal Arts in the Data Age" HBR JULY–AUGUST 2017 ISSUE
  • Review of Hartley The Fuzzy and the Techie
    1. “What are the humanities good for?
    2. today’s biggest social and technological challenges, we need to think critically about their human context—something humanities graduates happen to be well trained to do.
    3. Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla: “Little of the material taught in Liberal Arts programs today is relevant to the future.”
    4. He ticks off a long list of successful tech leaders who hold degrees in the humanities.
    5. well-rounded learning experience
    6. DJR:(1) is it the wrong stereotype of the liberal arts (2) does it involve too little new thinking about liberal arts and technical education ("well rounded" might be a cop out)
  • Reivew of Morson & Schapiro Cents and Sensibility
    1. human context : They argue that when economic models fall short, they do so for want of human understanding.
    2. DJR: a gloss on standard sociological and humanities critique of economics: culture matters, people don't exist in vacuum, ethics matter. DJR: is this based on straw man economics and they are just mis-stating the question. It's not economics per se, but the use of economics?
    3. Their solution: economists should read novels. DJR: REALLY, this is a book?
  • Review of Madsbjerg Sensemaking
    1. business knowledge from texts, languages, people not data and market research
    2. DJR: reviewer makes it sound like the argument is "for the good of their business"(as in this is how GM caught up to BMW)
  • Across all three books: "choosing a field of study is less important than finding ways to expand our thinking"
  • See also, says reviewer: Stross A Practical Education and Anders You Can Do Anything
Bajarin, Tim. 2017. "Why We Need the Liberal Arts in Technology's Age of Distraction Time Magazine Jul 24, 2017
  • "seldom in our design or business discussions do we spend much time on the potential negative impact of our work on the world. Instead, we abide by an engineering mantra often embodied in the concept 'We create it because we can.'"
  • see a need, solve a problem
  • DJR: nobody asks where do problems come from
  • Recurrent theme is unanticipated and unintendend consequences. Perhaps we should stop and think about the difference?
Florentine, Sharon. 2016. "Why liberal arts degrees are valuable in tech: Think having a STEM degree is the only way to succeed in technology industry? Think again." CIO
  • Arijit Sengupta, CEO of advanced analytics firm BeyondCore … dance … guide the other person's momentum around and reorient yourself to what they're doing. That turns it into a real shared experience," he says.
  • music major gave me experience performing in public and a lot of experience in practicing until you get something right — that's really critical for research,"
  • valuable problem-solving, communication and critical-thinking skills that are incredibly important
  • "I would argue that soft skills, like communication, empathy, teamwork and negotiation are almost more important than technical skills, especially in leadership or executive roles. Technologists who have these soft skills are better able to understand and accurately convey the business value of IT projects to other, non-technical stakeholders, get their buy-in and support and deliver more successful projects," Brosseau says.
  • Experts agree that technical skills can be taught much more easily than soft skills.
  • "Those kinds of skills always have been emphasized in liberal arts education,…" DJR: IS that really true?
Aubry, Timothy. 2017. "Don’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You." New York Times.
Segrin, Elizabeth. 2014. "Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees With Liberal Arts Degrees." Fast Company