National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Spring/Summer 2015, Volume 16, Number 1.


Copyright © 2015 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


Larry Andrews’ brief but substantive essay covers the waterfront. In it, he ranges from the health of the humanities to Cardinal Newman’s inspiring vision of what the humanities do to bring out the best and the most exaltedly human in each of us. The essay renews in me the notion that honors ought to hold steady in its commitment to making sure that students, specifically the increasing number of students for whom college may seem primarily a means of assuring future financial stability, have more than a passing acquaintance with the humanities and the rest of the liberal arts, the competencies they teach, and the questions with which they engage.