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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.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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