Monthly Archives: March 2011

What Excellence Means

March 31, 2011 Here’s one glimpse of excellence, appropriate for an opening day: Joe Posnanski on Albert Pujols: “Albert Pujols has a chance to be known as the greatest player in the history of baseball. There are numerous statistical measurements … Continue reading

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Opening China to Earlham — or Vice Versa?

March 31, 2011 Last evening I had dinner with Gerry Cooper (’66) and a group of faculty members who had all travelled to China this past summer courtesy of a gift from Gerry and his wife Gloria (’62) who recently … Continue reading

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Duderstadt: A Master Plan for Higher Education in the Midwest

March 31, 2011 As promised, James Duderstadt and the Chicago Council have today released a report entitled “A Master Plan for Higher Education in the Midwest: A Roadmap to the Future of the Nation’s Heartland.”  From the Chicago Council’s press … Continue reading

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The Health of the Humanities, A Symposium

March 30, 2011 The symposium was actually entitled “The Future of the Humanities.”  It was cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and SAIS/Johns Hopkins University.  Gathered were 150 to 200 humanities scholars along with a few reporters and folks … Continue reading

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Meanings: Spelling

March 29, 2011 The New Yorker this week has a wonderful piece by Roz Chast (the cartoonist, and much more) on crossword puzzles and puzzlers.

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Six Reasons Google Books Failed

March 28, 2011 Robert Darnton (the Harvard Librarian) provides an excellent account of why the Google Books initiative appears to have failed in an article released today by the New York Review of Books.  

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Choosing Not to Educate Poor Students

March 28, 2011 This morning’s Chronicle of Higher Education has an article entitled “Elite Colleges Fail to Gain More Students on Pell Grants.”  (Non-subscribers will hit a pay wall.)  The gist of the piece: Just under 15 percent of the … Continue reading

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