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HONORS IN PRACTICE, VOL. 10 (2014)
(What follows is adapted from a talk that Ted Estess, former Dean of the University of Houston Honors College, delivered at the college’s Convocation on August 29, 2013.) During the last week of my last semester in my last year in college, I took a course in aesthetics. David Miller was the teacher, and he required all of the students to make a presentation. I decided to work up a presentation on Picasso. I didn’t know much about Picasso, but of course that did not deter me. A word of advice to students: never let the fact that you do not altogether know what you are talking about keep you from talking. After all, not knowing what they are talking about does not stop your parents from talking, does it? And how do you think professors could possibly lecture for an entire semester without occasionally talking about things that they don’t know much about? Certainly they do not know all there is to know about all the things that they talk about.