Looking to the East: A New Orientation for the Humanities

By Elizabeth Overman and Patsy J. Daniels.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper examines the historical context of educational travel in the west as it gave rise to humanism. Traveling then became an enterprise for the sons and, later, the daughters of the elite. It was seen as broadening because it inculcated habits of tolerance and moderation. Today the social expectations and outcomes are similar, even though travel is easier and less expensive and can be achieved in a shorter time span. Trips to the field using modern research methods to capture the essence of the experience are still seen as humanistic ventures that turn young people into tolerant adults.

Keywords: Asian Studies, Curriculum Development, Study Abroad, Meditation Practice, Building on Tradition

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 11, pp.33-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 536.403KB).

Dr. Elizabeth Overman

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Elizabeth Overman is an Assistant Professor of History at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. She was educated in Colorado and Mississippi. She has published widely on China and is involved in several other projects, including one book in progress, and is editor of a collection of essays on lynching photographs, “Anthology of Responses to JSU Exhibition: Without Sanctuary.” She lives in Clinton, Mississippi with her husband.

Dr. Patsy J. Daniels

Associate Professor, Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Patsy J. Daniels is an Associate Professor of English at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. She was educated in Nebraska and Pennsylvania. Her first book is in the area of Cultural Studies; her work in progress will trace sociological influences on twentieth-century American fiction. She lives in Florence, Mississippi with her husband and daughter.


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