Margaret Soltan

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March 7, 2012
Any book written by a humanities professor defending a traditional liberal arts education had better be well-written and incisively argued.  It had better have some verve to it, something original to bring to the table.
June 19, 2007
The things I'll do for a post! I've dragged myself through hellish evening heat (summer's up and running in DC) to the Scena Theatre at the Arts Club of Washington to attend a Bloomsday event: a dramatic reading of selections from James Joyce's works. The Arts Club is a block from my office at George Washington University, but until now I didn't know it existed. It's in a townhouse I've walked by a hundred times on my way to Primi Piatti, a popular upscale New York-style restaurant that has everything but good food.
May 31, 2007
When a high-profile, well-compensated professor who’s also his university’s assistant vice president of government relations is convicted of a serious crime, you know he’ll find the right words to convey his regret, the enormity of the event, etc.There it is, up there, in my headline.I mentioned in my last post the AP article summarizing the just-ended academic year as having been primarily about theft and greed and dishonesty. Here’s a sample story.
May 29, 2007
It’s the end of the academic year, and so far the Associated Press and The Washington Post have featured articles offering broad generalizations about what just happened in higher ed. For the AP writer, the year on campus has been all about dishonesty: we’ve had nine months of plagiarism, conflict of interest, and similar modes of malfeasance at our colleges and universities. The Washington Post, noting some local static involving university presidents, says it’s above all been the year of the burnt-out chief executive officer.
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