The Nation: Wanted: A Full-Time Humanist

Folks in the cattle and timber town of Baker, Ore. (pop. 9,500), are darkly suspicious of technical consultants, social scientists and similar experts. That posed a seemingly insurmountable problem for a committee of local citizens who thought that Baker needed outside help to improve its economy and keep the young people from moving away. But the committee members remembered how well the town had received some University of Oregon students who had conducted a humanities project in 1972 in which residents of Baker were interviewed on the quality of rural and smalltown life....

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