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Amor Mundi 12/7/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we look into the controversial number of people that are killed each year by police, gain deeper insight into the Nazi Willem Sassen from his daughter, remember the value of being able to think from the perspective of multiple groups, and much more! Posted on 8 December 2014 | 11:30 am

Defending the Humanities While Trashing Them

Leon Wieseltier, the longtime cultural editor of the New Republic, dedicated his commencement address at Brandeis last month to a defense of the humanities. He asks, “Has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were cherished less, and has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were…Read more Defending the Humanities While Trashing Them Posted on 21 June 2013 | 4:07 pm

The Progeny of Teachers II: Philip Roth

“Like all great teachers, he personified the drama of transformation through talk.”  —Philip Roth It may be the twinkle in the eye when a light flashes in the student’s mind, or the subtle rise of the head as insight hits, or a purposeful nod as veils of darkness flutter amidst a gust of comprehension. These…Read more The Progeny of Teachers II: Philip Roth Posted on 22 April 2013 | 10:06 am

The Progeny of Teachers

San Jose State University is experimenting with a program where students pay a reduced fee for online courses run by the private firm Udacity. Teachers and their unions are in retreat across the nation. And groups like Uncollege insist that schools and universities are unnecessary. At a time when teachers are everywhere on the defensive,…Read more The Progeny of Teachers Posted on 16 January 2013 | 10:24 am