Days ago, astronomer Dr. Vera Rubin died at 88. Around the same time, the feature film Hidden Figures, about African-American women mathematicians and engineers working on the space program at NASA, was released in theaters.
Predictably, post-2016 election, America is talking feverishly about race, gender, and ethnicity. The sweeping talk encompasses higher education, as it should, raising questions about the university as an institution in, but not of, the community.
For the decades before and after the turn of the century, I served as adjunct faculty in public policy for Cornell University’s Washington Program during which third-year undergraduates got a taste of policy as interns on Capitol Hill or in the
Look up the word “dilettante” and you are apt to find definitions such as “an amateur, often one who pretends to be very knowledgeable.” Synonyms include nonprofessional, nonspecialist, and layperson. These would appear in contrast to “disciplinarian,” which refers (not in the punitive sense) t