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Amor Mundi 9/13/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the state of fear in contemporary America, explore the true societal impact of colleges, and much more! Posted on 13 September 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 8/9/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the wonders of boredom, admit our bafflement at he rise of ISIS, identify liberal arts' worst enemy, and much more! Posted on 9 August 2015 | 8:01 pm

Education, Crisis, and Whether We Love the World Enough

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Laurie Naranch wonders if education can prepare us to assume responsibility for and help renew the common world. Posted on 2 August 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 2/22/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the enduring legacy of the American Revolution in American politics and rhetoric, expose the under-reported dangers of becoming a whistleblower, identify the universality all writers aspire to achieve, and much more. Posted on 23 February 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 7/20/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we identify a Silicon Valley cliche, wonder if the end of dangerous thinking is near, celebrate the power of liberal arts, and much more. Posted on 21 July 2014 | 12:00 pm

The Threat to the Humanities

The Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee has published an open letter on the recent threats to universities and to the humanities in particular. The threat, however, is not limited to universities. As Coetzee writes: All over the world, as governments retreat from their traditional duty to foster the common good and reconceive of themselves as mere…Read more The Threat to the Humanities Posted on 8 November 2013 | 2:41 pm

MOOCs: The Debate Continues

After months in which university after university signed on to the bandwagon for Massive Open Online Courses called MOOCs, the battle over the future of education has finally begun. This week Duke University pulled out of EdX, the Harvard/MIT led consortium of Massive Open Online Courses called MOOC’s. The reason: Its faculty rebelled. According to…Read more MOOCs: The Debate Continues Posted on 3 May 2013 | 4:10 pm

Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education

For two years I taught literature, reading and writing at a public university in one of New York City’s outer Boroughs. Of course having come out of a liberal arts “thinking” institution what I really thought (maybe hoped) I was teaching was new perspectives. Ironically, the challenge that most struck me was not administrative, nor…Read more Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education Posted on 27 March 2013 | 10:11 am

MLK and the Purpose of Education

You know elite universities are in trouble when their professors say things like Edward Rock. Rock, Distinguished Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and coordinator of Penn’s online education program, has this to say about the impending revolution in online education: We’re in the business of creating and disseminating knowledge. And in 2012,…Read more MLK and the Purpose of Education Posted on 8 February 2013 | 1:15 pm

“If”

My girlfriend and I walked by a clothing storefront and noticed the print on some of the t-shirts at the lower right corner of the window and went in. She had mentioned this Imaginary Foundation (IF) before. They make print t-shirts. I went to school at an expensive liberal arts college in the Hudson Valley—everyone…Read more “If” Posted on 6 February 2013 | 11:18 am