This series explores a number of the key challenges and opportunities facing the humanities and humanities scholarship, research and education today. Some of these challenges and opportunities are unique to the humanities while others are a product of broader developments that confront nearly everyone. We, therefore, feel that it is important to recognize both what is distinctive about the humanities as well as what they have in common with other fields of inquiry. Consequently, this series incorporates ideas and perspectives from other disciplines, especially the social sciences. Our main aim is to provide an initial forum for tough-minded reflection and balanced, inclusive conversation on a range of complicated issues that will carry on across campus and beyond the parameters of this series.