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Explore the debate and science of Great Books.

July 14, 2017

Member Profile: Steven Frankel

Steven Frankel

NAS Member Steven Frankel reflects on the current, perilous state of the humanities in higher education as well as the value of the great books.

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April 19, 2017

Why Read Great Books?

David Randall

David Randall discusses the problems with reading Great Books as part of an "education to democracy."

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September 21, 2016

On Reading Old Books

Rachelle Peterson

Are the classics outdated? Four reasons support the reading of old—even flawed—books.

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June 2, 2016

Time and Beauty: Commencement Address at Veritas Academy

Peter Wood

Last week, NAS president Peter Wood spoke to students of Veritas Preparatory Academy as they move into America's universities. 

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October 16, 2015

On Beach Books

Bruce Gans

Bruce Gans writes on what summer reading for incoming freshmen should be.

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September 1, 2015

Avoiding Scholarship's Dead Ends

Bradford Tuckfield

Statistical analysis and adherence to tradition can help determine which academic programs have lasting value. 

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January 6, 2015

Great Books at Bergdorf Goodman

Carol Iannone

A holiday window display at fashionable NYC store Bergdorf Goodman suggests that classic literature represents an aspect of the good life. 

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August 13, 2014

Small Latin, and Less Greek

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...

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April 30, 2014

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MOOC

David Clemens

The MOOC provides a platform for education about Western Civilization.

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January 14, 2014

Defending the Humanities and Heather Mac Donald

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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