Like claims for the need for budget cuts based on the bug bear of deficits, similar claims about the problems of the humanities have a political bent, not a demographic one. Case in point: this argument that the problem with the humanities is its lack of canon, along with the insight that analytic philosophy can teach white dudes and have diversity (we teach Ruth Marcus!). This is what is said to have led to the decline in the humanities, though one wonders if the author is aware of what happens in most places in the humanities, where indeed (perhaps not at Duke) senior faculty often teach lower level courses and, heaven forfend, writing. All this to the non sequitur that the humanities are in decline. Except they are not.