The New Humanities Reader presents 33 challenging and important essays from diverse fields that address current global issues. This cross-disciplinary anthology helps readers attain the analytical skills necessary to become informed citizens. Ideas and research from wide-ranging sources provide opportunities for students to synthesize materials and formulate their own ideas and solutions. The thought-provoking selections engage students and encourage students to make connections for themselves as they think, read, and write about the events that are likely to shape their lives. The Fifth Edition contains 14 new readings, drawn from the latest books and journals. These selections continue in the text's pattern of being current, globally oriented, interdisciplinary, and probing.