Great Books

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Small Latin, and Less Greek

Aug 13, 2014 by Bruce S. Thornton |

Bruce Thornton, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor at California State University, Fresno, reviews Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations by Mary Beard.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MOOC

Apr 30, 2014 by David Clemens |

The MOOC provides a platform for education about Western Civilization.

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Defending the Humanities and Heather Mac Donald

Jan 14, 2014 by Peter Wood |

NAS president Peter Wood argues why cultivating an interest in the important and enduring achievements of the human imagination are as "relevant" as they ever were.

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Test Your Knowledge: Confessions

Dec 12, 2013 by Michael Toscano |

Confess! A quiz about great thinkers and their confessions.

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Readers Weigh In on Teaching the Classics

Aug 27, 2013 by NAS |

Readers respond to Ashley Thorne's analysis of common reading at American colleges and universities.

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Education vs. Training at Community Colleges

Mar 29, 2012 by Jason Fertig |

Jeff Anderson, dean of humanities, fine arts, and social sciences at Illinois Valley Community College, argues for the many benefits of great books courses, even for community college students.

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Who Teaches College Professors How to Teach?

Mar 08, 2012 by Jason Fertig |

I have a dirty little secret.  No one has ever taught me how to teach - and that's the single biggest reason I still love teaching today.

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High Schools Discard the Canon

Aug 22, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

A study led by NAS's Arkansas affiliate head finds that high school literature courses draw sparsely on the great books.

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Video: Jane Shaw on Great Books

May 23, 2011 by |

"There are so many faculty members who have rejected all these great writings of the past."

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Betrayed by Higher Ed

Mar 23, 2011 by David Clemens |

My former student Joshua, now ambivalently quartered at UC Santa Cruz (home of the fightin’ Banana Slugs and currently under Federal investigation for systemic anti-Semitism), has an article in Literary Matters about… Continue Reading | 20 Comments >

What’s the Metric, Kenneth?

Oct 29, 2010 by David Clemens |

Clare Cavanagh was in town last week for our colloquium on “Imaginative Freedom and Political Freedom.”  A celebrated translator, Clare is also the author of Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics (2010) in which she… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

“I Regret Taking Gender Studies Courses”...No Comment

Sep 10, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

An NYU gender studies grad wishes she'd taken politics, history, and literature courses, and learned "more about the world in general, rather than one tiny little sliver of the world." She now realizes, "There

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Will “Millenials” Take to the Classics?

Aug 16, 2010 by George Leef |

In Friday's Pope Center piece, English professor Sarah Adams argues that today's college students ("Millenials"), while often derided for their apparent indifference to serious reading and thinking, will respond to the… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Great Books and Democracy

May 10, 2010 by David Clemens |

I just hosted a three-week colloquium exploring the relationship between great books and democracy which featured former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, classicist and military historian Victor Davis Hanson, and poet… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

On the Virtues of Distance

Apr 28, 2010 by David Clemens |

I run a Great Books Program that offers courses online so that students anywhere can earn a certificate.  Recently I heard Gareth Williams, Chair of Columbia’s famous Lit-Hum core and emailed him for his thoughts on… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

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