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Great Books Project, 6 months in

I started reading the Classics around Thanksgiving 2020, and the half-year anniversary of reading the books passed me by. I strike the books off this list and am 10 books in, with Dante’s Inferno coming up as #11. Some quick thoughts: Best classic … Continue reading

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An update on Howard University’s Classics Department

They are indeed shutting it down — here’s a statement from Dr. Alexander Tulin to the Society for Classical Studies: “Howard University has decided to close the Department of Classics as part of its prioritization efforts and is currently negotiating … Continue reading

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Leon Katz on the value of a liberal education

I’m a big fan of the idea of having personal boards of directors: people who care enough about what you’re up to that you keep up-to-date via email or the occasional lunch date. They can offer feedback, advice, intros, whatever … Continue reading

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Why read classic books?

Or: in defense of the middle ground This is my first attempt to “think out loud” about the question I get most often: why bother reading the Classics? This is still very much a work in progress: I think people … Continue reading

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