The Giver: A World Without Humanities

T he Giver is about Jonas, an eleven-year-old boy who lives in a futuristic society where life appears to be nothing less than idyllic. If everything in this world is so perfect, what‘s the rub? Why was The Giver banned? Why has it been one of the most controversial books since its release in 1993?[1] Like most books about... Read More.

Einstein… Champion of a Liberal Arts Education?

A lbert Einstein is literally the face of the STEM education so highly regarded in society today.  A lot of us would be shocked to discover that he actually championed a liberal arts education. Given that when we look up “genius” in the dictionary (as the saying goes) we see a picture of Einstein, we should listen to what... Read More.

We May Read for Enjoyment, but Literature Isn’t Written Just to Entertain Us.

P eople have been telling stories since the dawn of time. But, storytelling has never been just about entertainment. Why are books written, then, if not for readers’ gratification? As Ursula K. Le Guin points out, “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”[1] That... Read More.

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