Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Kansas University Integrated Humanities Program

Sometimes there are bright lights which blaze for a season and then fade, fulfilling their task in their demise. One such bright light was the Kansas University's Pearson Integrated Humanities Program. One of the things which struck us in the description of this program was the way in which students "did" poetry: "groups of students met to memorize poetry, truly by memory, since no text was used, but conducted by another student who had himself the poems of the program in his memory." This reminds us of the end of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 where people become their own books. We think SEC should try this with poetry for faculty and students.

Also, John Senior, one of the founders of the program has provided us with a call to clarity in our moral commitments as a college from his book The Restoration of Christian Culture.

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