Author Archives: Doug Bennett

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).

The Myth of Exploding College Costs

March 10, 2015 “And, of course, there is the cost,” writes Joe Nocera in a New York Times column in which he extols Kevin Carey’s new book, The University of Everywhere, an imagining of how college could be in the future. … Continue reading

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A Duke University Sexual Assault Case

March 3, 2015 Just coming into public view is a sexual assault case at Duke University. The student newspaper at Duke reports that two students made separate allegations of sexual assault against Rasheed Sulaimon during the 2013-14 academic year. The first … Continue reading

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What Is the Purpose of a College Education?

March 3, 2015 An arresting sentence in David Brooks’s column this in the NYT this morning on Leaving and Cleaving: …to be around college students these days is to observe how many parents have failed to successfully start their their … Continue reading

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Our Far-Flung Alumni: Kathleen Mulloy

March 2, 2015 Grew up in Indiana (Peru, Indiana, no less), works in Kampala, Uganda for UNICEF, and was recently married at Copenhagen City Hall in Denmark. Sounds like an Earlhamite to me. And she is: Kathleen Mulloy. We don’t … Continue reading

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Meanings: Dessert”

March 2, 2015 The mnemonic I learned in school–and perhaps you, too–was that “dessert” had two s’s because it was sweet stuff, but “desert” had only one because it was just sand. Today there’s probably as much desert as ever … Continue reading

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How to Know What to Do

February 12, 2015 Our son, Robbie, is now a sixth grader at Mount Ararat Middle School in Topsham, Maine. He has the great good fortune to have Mrs. Latti as his principal teacher. She teaches the class science and math … Continue reading

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Meanings: Cheat

January 24, 2015 “This kind of gamesmanship goes on all the time,” said Stephen Mosher, a professor at Ithaca College who studies sports ethics. He was commenting on the Patriots’ deflated footballs in last week’s AFC title game, sign stealing, … Continue reading

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