Whilst the fretting and hand-wringing over cuts starts to swell in the UK, the US is facing similar challenges. In some universities whole departments and disciplines are being cut. One example is at the State University of New York at Albany, where they're planning to cut French, Italian, Classics, Russian and Theater Arts. Prof Gregory Petsko, a biochemist at the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center at Brandeis University, has written a spirited defence of these disciplines, and the need for a broad range of disciplines in modern universities, in this open letter to the SUNY president. A refreshing read.
Thanks to Annette King (CHSS) for highlighting this.