Thursday, November 17, 2011
Look behind you, but not too far behind you!
Most alarming to learn that universities are discouraging the researching of events and the writing of books on the 17th and 18th Centuries; apparently the 20th Century will do! How can we know who we are if we don't know where we've come from and why, why we think the way we do, or why we speak the way we do? (If any of you attended the lecture by David McCullough at the Speakers Series at Symphony Hall this fall, you will have been reminded of the many ways in which the past impinges on our every day lives. ) Now who can suggest the reason(s) that universities may be taking this contemporary bent?