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What Dartmouth Should Be

We should admire people who do good things, but let’s save special admiration for folks who can do them year after year. The Political Economy Project is now in its fourth year and growing ever stronger, but its reading groups have existed for far longer than that. I sat in on term-long discussions with Dartblog Stars Meir Kohn and Doug Irwin at least seven or eight years ago: small groups of 12-15 students who get together once a week to work through a book over the course of a term. No compensation for the profs; no credit to the students — but everyone wins by participating in lively, challenging discussions of active issues. This term PEP will bring interesting speakers to campus, offer high-quality courses, and propose four different reading groups. Bravo:

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The PEP boys have put together a video describing the ideas animating their project.

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