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Bye Bye American Paideia
What a term with Cornel West. It would be embarrassing to say that I am in love, so I won’t, but Brother West’s teaching has more dimensions than one can safely count. Thrilling stuff. Three hours of challenging, original insights every Tuesday during 17X. Of course, there’s plenty to disagree with in his Weltanschauung (when’s the last time you heard that term in a classroom, let alone paideia and phronesis?): West has what I might term a humanist’s understanding of economics, but he more than makes up for this lacuna with insights and wisdom on a broad range of subjects. Wrap all that in a theatrical lecture style, power it with as big a heart as we have seen in Hanover since John Rassias went to the Great Beyond, and you have a memorable pedagogical experience. He even has T-shirt-wearing groupies:
I have plenty more to say about West, the class and his students, but doing so would break my self-imposed rule not to violate the confidentiality of the Dartmouth courses that I am privileged to audit.
Addendum: The College’s Hannah Silverstein (Summer School: Reading W.E.B. Du Bois With Cornel West) and Bill Platt (In Classroom, Cornel West Addresses Charlottesville Incident) have written laudatory profiles of West’s teaching at Dartmouth.
Addendum: Is the good Dr. West the first of the College’s Summer Stars — an idea I pitched to Carolyn Dever when we met about three and a half years ago? America’s leading professors don’t usually teach in the summer, but for a generous five-figure stipend, I’m sure that a dozen or so of them could be persuaded each year to endure a summer in the Upper Valley. If each one taught two courses, sophomore summer would be enlivened beyond measure. Hell, if a great lineup of visitors could attract fifty or so summer students from other schools at full-boat tuition, we could pay for the whole thing — and have enough money left over to cover the golf course’s deficit.
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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