James Turner teaches history and humanities at the University of Notre Dame. American historians know him for books such as Without God, Without Creed: The Origins of Unbelief in America, The Liberal Education of Charles Eliot Norton, and Religion Enters the Academy: The Origins of the Scholarly Study of Religion in America.
Turner's latest book is Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities. Over at The Chronicle of Higher Education's "The Conversation" blog, Turner offers his assessment of the current "crisis" facing the humanities today. Here is a small taste: