National Collegiate Honors Council


Date of this Version

Spring 2008


Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 9:1, Spring/Summer 2008. Copyright © 2008 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


He came into the room, an immaculately groomed man, confident and clearly experienced in talking to groups. He was, after all, the foremost authority on Renaissance Florence, one of the reasons that history graduate students came to UCLA. His speech was assured—and a bit like a dash of ice water to the respectful, attentive undergraduates gathered before him.
There was no name, no introduction to the class at this point, no attempt at interchange with the audience. However, to give him his due, the attendance was unusually large.