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Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy

Of the power of art, history, and philosophy to change us there are few instances more straightforward than Rilke’s sonnet “Archaic Torso of Apollo,” in which a confrontation with classical sculpture ends with the injunction, “You must change your life.” It might seem, at first, a short step from that stern command to branding Rilke’s … Continue reading

Introduction to “Organizing Enlightenment”

Introduction to “Organizing Enlightenment”

On Sunday, June 10, 2012, Helen Dragas, rector of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors, announced that President Teresa Sullivan and the board had “mutually agreed” that Sullivan would resign. Citing a “rapidly changing” higher education environment, Dragas insisted that the university had to change, and fast. In the ensuing weeks, Dragas alluded to … Continue reading

The modern research university is a global institution with a rich history that stretches into an ivy-laden past, but for as much as we think we know about that past, most of the writings that have recorded it are scattered across many archives and, in many cases, have yet to be translated into English. With … Continue reading

UVA Curriculum Reform

UVA Curriculum Reform

The faculty of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences voted Wednesday to pilot the first significant, comprehensive changes to the College’s undergraduate student curriculum in more than 40 years. The new curriculum model to be piloted has three distinct components designed to better prepare students for a rapidly transforming world. It covers … Continue reading

The Big Humanities

The Big Humanities

 Before there was big science or big data, there was big humanities. Until the last third of the nineteenth century, the natural and physical sciences imitated many of the methods and practices of the humanities, especially disciplines like philology, which pioneered techniques in data mining, the coordination of observers, and the collection and sorting of information—what Lorraine … Continue reading