This Week in the Blog 3-26-18

This week Penny offers opinions on the trend to diminish the requirements for liberal arts studies in universities (link) and the dangers to our country of segregation then and re-segregation now (link).  Both will get you thinking and may inspire you to continue...

Parallel Planes: Parallel Lives

By Penny Smith In geometry, a plane is a flat, two-dimensional surface. Parallel planes may extend forever, but they never intersect. So much of American history is made up of parallel planes. For example, I just finished reading Preston Lauterbach’s The Chitlin’...

What I’m Reading, 3-26-18

By Penny Smith Joe Bageant, Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir. Melbourne, Australia: 2010.  I read Bageant’s Deer Hunting with Jesus recently (See “What I’m Reading” for February 11, 2018) and compared it to the currently popular Hillbilly Elegy. As luck would have it,...

On Ending the Liberal Arts in College

By Penny Smith Last week the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point announced that it was considering eliminating 13 humanities majors, including English and History. They would be replaced by “clear career pathways.” The announcement echoes an earlier attempt by...

This Week in the Blog 3-19-18

If you are craving some political commentary, check out Penny Smith’s What I’m Reading post for this week.  There are three summary reviews that will confirm your suspicions and put eloquent words to your outrage. Penny also continues her baseball theme...