Friday, January 15, 2016

Spring Semester begins soon. The books are in the library...

I read a lovely review of a newish book this afternoon. The book is The Givenness of Things: Essays (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015) by Marilynne Robinson. The review was written by Richard Cox in his blog Reading Archives and the Academy.

Robinson states, “Open a book and a voice speaks. A world, more or less, alien or welcoming, emerges to enrich a reader’s store of hypotheses, about how life is to be understood” (p. 15). Now faculties are sometimes loath to assign books because students often will not read them. “Now we are more inclined to speak of information than of learning, and to think of the means by which information is transmitted rather than of how learning might transform, and be transformed by the atmospheres of a given mind” (p. 28). What, we might ask, are we losing in all this?

I am inspired by this life on this campus, and want to know that learning still takes place here. Come! Come to the books! Listen to the voice that speaks. Listen and learn...

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