Welcome to Slate's College Week. For the next few days, we turn our eyes to the glorious existence that is college life today. The week kicks off with a look at the state of higher ed: What should every student know by the time he or she graduates? Princeton professor Stanley N. Katz recounts the vexed history of the liberal arts curriculum, and 11 prominent academics, from K. Anthony Appiah to Alan Wolfe, reveal what they'd do if they were in charge.
Is college life as debauched as Tom Wolfe thinks? Two students report from the co-ed trenches: Laurel Wamsley, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, fills us in on library nerds and sorority gals; and Said Hyder Akbar, an Afghan-American who transferred to Yale from community college, explains how his experiences in Afghanistan have shaped his time in the Ivy League.
On Wednesday, Robert S. Boynton asks whether blogging can ruin the career of an academic. Bryan Curtis assesses college newspapers, and Douglas Wolk catches up with college radio.
Plus: David Brooks, Mark Cuban, Gish Jen, Chris Matthews, and others name the book that most mesmerized them in college. (Hint: Ayn Rand makes an appearance.)
Michael Agger unearths what students reveal about their professors online—and much more.
On this page, you can find an updated list of what we've posted each day. And don't forget that you can join the discussion in the Fray by clicking on the links at the bottom of each story.
"America's Top University: Does college need to be reformed?" by Stanley N. Katz. Posted Nov. 15, 2005.
"Reform School: How to reinvent higher education." Posted Nov. 15, 2005.
"My First Literary Crush: The books famous people loved in college," Posted Nov. 15, 2005.
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Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.