May 16, 2010
An alumnus sends me a link to a Wall Street Journal op ed piece about the importance of the liberal arts, and especially the Humanities, and about the current low regard in which the Humanities are held.
I often receive such e-mails from this alumnus; they are almost always suggestions that I read something from the Wall Street Journal editorial page.
I write back about my time at Effat University, a place where the liberal arts and sciences have a fresh, breath-taking urgency. And I write that I am now in Greece under the shadow of the Parthenon, trodding the ground that Socrates walked, soon to be joined by twenty Earlham students who will have the same experience. I assure my friend, this Earlham alumnus, that there are places where the Humanities and the liberal arts and sciences are alive and well.
Often, but not today, I encourage this alumnus to read more broadly than just the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, which are worth reading, but are not all that one should read.