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Symposium

Every issue has one section dedicated to a particular question. Collecting responses from a range of perspectives, these symposia prompt us to think about the values and ideas that shape our most urgent cultural and personal decisions.

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Summer 2021

 

The Real College Scandal

In 2019, fifty or so parents were found to have bribed administrators and coaches to have their children accepted to colleges around the country. This…

 

Degrees of Anxiety

Over the past seven years, I’ve helped create two curricular projects at the University of Virginia, one a new general education curriculum for undergraduates in…

 

The Second Curriculum

It was March of 1994, my freshman year in college. I was attending North Carolina Central University, a historically Black university in Durham, when I…

 

What Should Students Learn?

This fall, after a year’s hiatus, Columbia College will welcome a new entering class to campus. Within hours of their arrival, the new students, numbering…

 

Where Is the University?

Anna, the protagonist of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, plays a peculiar game to pass the time. She invented it as a child, but now,…

 

The Universe and the University

Laurie Santos, a cognitive scientist, is a star psychology professor at Yale. She is world-renowned for a course she taught in 2018 titled “Psychology and…

 

Elite Education

One of the wonders of modern academia is that the ideal of workplace democracy should be so prevalent among people who regularly endure faculty meetings.…

 

College Life

No symposium about what college is for would be complete without the perspectives of those for whom the question is most immediate: college students. This…