Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2016

Publication Source

Daedelus

Volume

145

Issue

2

Start Page

122

Last Page

126

DOI

10.1162/DAED_a_00382

Abstract

The challenges currently facing classicists are not so different from those our profession has faced for the last one hundred and fifty years, and with each challenge, a discipline sometimes imagined as outsiders to be slow to embrace the new has shown itself naturally disposed to experimentation. The discipline's agility derives from the unique degree of variegation in the modes of thinking required to thrive in it: from interpretive, to quantitative, to those relying on knowledge of culture and context. As the value of education is increasingly judged in terms of workforce development, we stand our best chance to thrive by sticking to our strengths, and anchoring our curricular goals and messages to the value of the liberal arts as a whole, as well as the intellectual dexterity that if fosters.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Originally published in Daedelus © 2016 MIT Press.

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Date Posted: 18 December 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.