Monthly Archives: June 2016

Raphus cucullatus britannia brexit

The amazing thing about modern science is how it is capable of continuing to astound us with discovery.  Consider the dodo, a bird we have thought to be extinct since the 1660s. As a recent Atlantic article reported, new science has made some interesting discoveries about the dodo. (Emily Anthes, “The Smart, Agile, and Completely Underrated […]

The Coming Crisis in US Higher Education, 1636-2036

Before I stepped back from deaning last year I decided to deliver a “decanal valedictory;” some thoughts on higher education that offered a little more intellectual substance than someone in that position normally dispenses on a day to day basis, and that — not incidentally — shared first thoughts on the research project that has […]

Are Arts & Sciences Colleges Adequately Supported Relative to Professional Schools?

It is important to recognize that while in recent years the growth of scientific and technical study has increased in all universities, the number of students in the former course in Arts has possibly not kept pace with this new demand for professional education; still, as a matter of fact, every increase in the number […]

It’s Historic. And It Matters.

It didn’t take a full century from the time the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote, until a woman became the candidate of a major party for the presidency. We left four years to spare. Forty-two countries have had a female head of government. It matters. Until now, we weren’t good […]