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A Major Loss for Dartmouth

Dartblog can report that Professor Allan Stam, one of the bright lights of the faculty and, in particular, of the Government Department, is leaving Dartmouth for the University of Michigan, where he earned his doctorate. (I note with some regret that the breadth of intellectual diversity in the Government Department has just foundered tremendously.)

Of the twenty seven classes I have taken at Dartmouth, I think I have been through four with Professor Stam. And those four, among all, were possessed of the highest quality of discussion. It felt like the way college ought to—and used to—be. Al Stam’s departure is a tremendous loss for Dartmouth. One can only hope that someone equally interesting is hired to take his place as the Daniel Webster Professor of Government.

BY THE BYE: I judge that, academically, Dartmouth is at a crossroads. Two major seats are empty: the Shakespeare professor and the leading political science professor. How these two spots are filled—with compelling, interesting, high-quality teachers or with en vogue drones—will say a lot about the academic direction of this College.


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