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A Protest Against Specialization

Just yesterday (I refer to the song by Charles Aznavour “Hier Encore”), over four decades ago when I wasn’t yet an adult, I used to take long walks with my grandfather through the streets of Paris. Three or four times during each walk, he would pause in front of a building and, with his walking […]

Is there a future in (and for) Liberal Arts?

In the time since I last blogged here, I have been mulling over the idea that all of my previous posts must have had some common thread—albeit perhaps not an immediately obvious one. After some reflection, it became clear what that thread is: I, like the institution which employs me, am conflicted about what is […]

End of Semester

The official topic of the month is about the commencement, and endings and beginnings and what not. I personally didn’t go to my graduation or commencement ceremony when I was in undergrad. Not that I don’t find it important, after all, it is an exciting day to celebrate four years of education (or more or […]