National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Spring 2000


Published in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 1:1, Spring/Summer 2000. Copyright © 2000 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


I want to speculate a bit about some of the connections between liberal learning and work. This might, at first, seem what those of us in early English literature would call a metaphysical conceit-the yoking together by violence of two seemingly unconnected concepts; an odd connection, in other words. I've been thinking about "work" a lot these days-as I get closer to retirement-because it is a notion which seems to link together a number of things happening in higher education generally, in my college in particular, and in my personal responses to both.