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Martha Nussbaum Advises New College Students in The New York Times

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Martha Nussbaum, professor of philosophy, law, and divinity, argues that the value of an education extends beyond its ability to help students land a job.  She joined with other educators–including Harold Bloom, Stanley Fish, and Nancy Hopkins–in offering advice to young adults entering college.

Nussbaum writes:

It’s easy to think that college classes are mainly about preparing you for a job. But remember: this may be the one time in your life when you have a chance to think about the whole of your life, not just your job. Courses in the humanities, in particular, often seem impractical, but they are vital, because they stretch your imagination and challenge your mind to become more responsive, more critical, bigger. You need resources to prevent your mind from becoming narrower and more routinized in later life. This is your chance to get them.

To read more advice that ranges from practical suggestions about behavior during class to the value of political activism please click here.

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  1. And please be sure to join us for Martha Nussbaum’s Civic Knowledge Project/Graham School of General Studies “Great Conversation,” coming up on Thursday, January 14th, from 5:30-7:30 at our downtown Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza. Please call 773/702-1722 to register.

  2. P.S.–And here is another important recent piece by Martha Nussbaum: http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/?article=2022

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