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More Hopeful Words About Hanlon
An alumnus who has followed the College closely for many years shares my hopefulness about Phil Hanlon ‘77’s Presidency:
One thing that jumps out about Hanlon to me is his repeated reference to the purpose of a liberal arts education to produce “citizen leaders” — a phrase that connotes an understanding of the virtues of a well-rounded education that refines judgment and mind, develops character and personal responsibility, and prepares each of us to be leaders in the bedrock virtues as citizens of a constitutional republic. A far cry from Kim’s technocratic vision in which he was completely bewildered by the importance of the humanities and social sciences and the true importance of the liberal arts. Would it be boastful for me to claim that Hanlon seems to embody what we think is best about Dartmouth alumni — smart but well-rounded, intelligent but not pedantic, accomplished but not self-absorbed? What a change from the past 30 years of outsider leadership.
Over the years I have heard repeatedly from alumni that the College has shied away from educating “the whole (wo)man” in favor of, to coin a phrase, “creative loners.” Jim Kim’s initial lip service to educating leaders seemed an indication that he might restore Dartmouth’s earlier, broad-ranging liberal arts emphasis. Of course, as with most of the glib fellow’s ideas, there was no follow through. Let’s hope that Phil Hanlon understands the corrosiveness of words without action, and that he works hard to give today’s students confidence and intellectual breadth.
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)
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 interviews, a review of…
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…