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  1. Forgive me if I misquote some specifics, as it's been awhile, but this is the gist anyway... About 15 years ago I worked at a coffee shop at Tulane University and was shocked to find out from a few students that they went for free because they had a parent who worked there. The parent had to work there for X number of years (I don't remember, 5? I don't think it was as high as 10?), student still had to buy their own books, and they had to pay for any class if they got below a C. The parent didn't have to be a professor to qualify, either. It could be a secretary position or what not. There were people who worked there solely for this benefit. I don't know if this is widespread or not, but if you live near a decent school, maybe look into this?
  2. This thread will keep me busy for quite a long while, but am popping in to say that I just finished listening to one of the talks linked to by one*mom below. It's about 2/3 of the way down, by Linda Dey, titled, Reading the Right Books. I enjoyed it. I've snipped the following a bit... Here are a couple of C.S. Lewis quotes from Linda Dey's talk. The first, I think, has to do with the bolded above... how the wrong intent can get in the way. "Those who do things to become cultured are the least likely to do so." "The true aim of literary studies is to lift the student out of his provincialism by making him 'the spectator', if not of all, yet of much, 'time and existence'." ...and goes on to say... "'History' alone will not do, for it studies the past mainly in secondary authorities. It is possible to 'do History' for years without knowing at the end what it felt like to be an Anglo-Saxon eorl, a cavalier, and eighteenth-century country gentleman. The gold behind the paper currency is to be found, almost exclusively in literature. In it lies deliverance from the tyranny of generalizations and catchwords. Its students know (for example) what diverse realities-Launcelot, Baron Bradwardine, Mulvaney-hide behind the word militarism." I want to give a big blanket THANK YOU to all for this thread! It has been a timely March rejuvenation to help get over the February slump.
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