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Lewis Hyde Brings “The Gift” to Swarthmore

Lewis Hyde Brings “The Gift” to Swarthmore

Poet, translator and essayist Lewis Hyde spoke to Swarthmore last Thursday about the mystical power of the artistic “gift.” In fact, The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern…

The Follies of Youth

Last election, I was 16 and feeling woefully left out. My older friends were lighting-up the Internet with pro-Obama postings, attending rallies and bragging about the “history” they were making.…

Catching up with Conservatism: Women, Work and the Campaign

Hilary Rosen, political pundit and Democratic sometimes-strategist, earned a place in the news cycle’s version of “time out” when she issued the churlish charge that Ann Romney “has actually never…

Catching up with Conservatism: Edmund Burke Attends TEDx Lectures

Catching up with Conservatism: Edmund Burke Attends TEDx Lectures

It’s not every Saturday morning that you wander into Sharples and hear a live-stream of Swarthmore’s president paraphrasing Edmund Burke, the English father of modern conservatism. President Chopp led off…

Catching up with Conservatism: Obama’s Gas Prices and Hypocrisy

You could go days without spotting a car here in the lush, pedestrian society of Swarthmore. But the general consensus is that automobiles in the rest of America are thirsting…

Catching up with Conservatism: Ranking the Rankings

Catching up with Conservatism: Ranking the Rankings

College Rankings are a corrupted, self-serving, meaningless, deceptive Big Business. At least – so say the students already securely admitted to America’s “best colleges.” Certainly many academics have come out…

Catching up with Conservatism: A New Papacy

Catching up with Conservatism: A New Papacy

These days, Catholic Bishops represent little more than pompous old guys in medieval Halloween costumes. Or, at least, they represent little in the eyes of the Washington powers-that-be. The Obama…

Catching up with Conservatism: Obama, OWS Blow Income Inequality Out of Proportion

Catching up with Conservatism: Obama, OWS Blow Income Inequality Out of Proportion

Back in December, President Barack Obama rode his inner Bull Moose to Osawatomie, Kansas in a progressive tribute to Theodore Roosevelt. In the spirit of Occupy Wall Street and rising…

Charette: The Art of Conserving

Charette: The Art of Conserving

The term “liberal” is one everyone is looking to claim as his own. Scrambling for advantage in some grand linguistic ruck, there are the classical-liberals, the neo-liberals, and, of course,…

Charette: Occupy Wall Street Is No Tea Party

Charette: Occupy Wall Street Is No Tea Party

The word of the year has been “extreme,” usually to describe the Tea Party its hard line strategies for bringing down the deficit, lowering taxes, and supporting markets. Another vocabulary…

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