Great Books

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On Reading Old Books

Sep 21, 2016 by Rachelle Peterson |

Are the classics outdated?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

Time and Beauty: Commencement Address at Veritas Academy

Jun 02, 2016 by Peter Wood |

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

On Beach Books

Oct 16, 2015 by Bruce Gans |

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

Avoiding Scholarship’s Dead Ends

Sep 01, 2015 by Bradford Tuckfield |

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

Great Books at Bergdorf Goodman

Jan 06, 2015 by Carol Iannone |

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

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.

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.

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.

Test Your Knowledge: Confessions

Dec 12, 2013 by Michael Toscano |

Confess! A quiz about great thinkers and their confessions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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…

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