Category Archives: Education

Little mysteries in an old edition of Cicero

How this book came into my possession, I really can’t say, but it’s probably the oldest one I own, a copy of select orations of Cicero (together with Asconius’ commentary) as well as De Senectute and De Amicitia, originally edited … Continue reading

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“The American Cincinnatus”

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, “The American Cincinnatus” (1919) When I was a kid, I picked up a copy of the 1932 Georgetown yearbook for a dime at a second-hand store my mother and I used to go to. Being a … Continue reading

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Crap about the muslins

From 2010 to 2014, I was an elected representative on the Franklin County (TN) School Board. We always had our run-ins about religion and public education, some of which I’ve written about before more extensively, but here’s an e-mail I … Continue reading

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Daniel/Amos/Jonah: discussion questions

Some old discussion questions for an Honors class at Boston College on the prophets Daniel The Book of Daniel is set explicitly during the Babylonian Captivity, that 400-year period when the Israelites were forcibly removed from the Promised Land to … Continue reading

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John Ciardi, “About Rivers and Toes”

This is a poem I really like. John Ciardi, who was quite figure in mid-century American letters, went to the same college I did (Tufts). Many years ago, I came across a little book of his poetry (Someone Could Win … Continue reading

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NO AND SHUT UP: Intellectualism and Its Discontents in Nancy

My friends and family all know of my deep love for Nancy, the Ernie Bushmiller comic strip. Nor I am alone in this, as the Washington Post noted earlier this year. The best  present I got last Christmas was Paul … Continue reading

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Sewanee Memoire: Projections for the Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation

Below are remarks I gave for a forum organized by Prof. Woody Register and the Sewanee Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation on about Art, Commemoration, and Sewanee’s Campus, held at Otey Parish on February 19, 2017. Also on the panel … Continue reading

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