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Truth Today, Gone Tomorrow

Truth Today, Gone Tomorrow

In 1794, George Washington wrote that “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” Gone, however, are the days when such sentiments held true. In… Read more »

The Danger of Stagnancy: Part II

The Danger of Stagnancy: Part II

On October 10, President Hanlon sent an email to the entire Dartmouth community announcing Carolyn Dever’s decision to step down from Provost and to return to teaching once the fall… Read more »

The Danger of Stagnancy: Part I

The Danger of Stagnancy: Part I

Leonardo da Vinci wrote that “Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”… Read more »

Thoughts in Autumn

Thoughts in Autumn

Once again I quote the great T.S. Eliot, this time from a different part of his “Four Quartets,” entitled “East Coker:” Home is where one starts from. As we grow… Read more »

A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome

In his 1974 poem “The Life with a Hole in It,” one of my personal favorite poets, Britain’s other Poet Laureate Philip Larkin, wrote: Life is an immobile, locked, Three-handed… Read more »

The Duthu Denouement

The Duthu Denouement

Professor N. Bruce Duthu was nominated to be the next dean of faculty this past March. Last week, under pressure from what the administration deemed “external audiences,” Duthu withdrew his… Read more »

The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

The legendary T. S. Eliot wrote in his 1942 poem “Little Gidding:” What we call the beginning is often the end And to make and end is to make a… Read more »

On Witch Hunts and Intellectual Diversity

On Witch Hunts and Intellectual Diversity

Over the past few decades, it has grown apparent that political conflict is a feature, not a bug, of the modern college campus. Since the student movements of the 1960s, college… Read more »

Face-Off: In Favor of the Humanities

Face-Off: In Favor of the Humanities

As you stumble out of a pregame in the River headed towards Frat Row—your vision blurry not only from the alcohol, but also from the bright pastel shorts that seem… Read more »

Face-Off: The STEM Perspective

Face-Off: The STEM Perspective

October 2012. I sit down at my computer, open Google Docs, and type my name in the upper left corner. A one page paper on the illegitimacy of love at… Read more »