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Spring 2015 (May 28, 2015)

  • If we surveyed our community about whether or not they felt that we should have a contemplative campus environment, I imagine that there would near universal support for the idea.  But I also expect that most of us would admit that we are not really creating a place that is truly inviting of the slow pace that contemplation requires.  If there is a spectrum between being busy and being contemplative, I think we would be close to the busy end of things.

  • While there have been numerous articles written about liberal studies being an endangered species in American higher education, Carleton is building a relationship with a new institution in India dedicated to fostering liberal arts education in India.

  • I thought that this poem on contemplation and reading would be a good way to conclude this newsletter.

    By Emily Dickinson

    There is no Frigate like a Book
    To take us Lands away
    Nor any Coursers like a Page
    Of prancing Poetry –
    This Traverse may the poorest take
    Without oppress of Toll –
    How frugal is the Chariot
    That bears the Human Soul -