Higher Education

Past its prime

Education | The history major is dying of self-inflicted wounds
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/17/19, 01:10 pm

I’ve discovered that if you live long enough, “history” is something you actually remember. In a sense, it’s you. When I entered high school, Churchill and Eisenhower (only recently deceased) were history, while JFK still seemed current. In my 40s, I was shocked to realize that the Vietnam War had become history. Wait a minute—I lived through that!

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Michigan State interim president resigns

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/17/19, 11:49 am

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler will resign immediately following disparaging remarks he made about Larry Nassar’s sexual assault victims, the school’s Board of Trustees said Thursday. Nassar was a doctor who worked at the university and was convicted of abusing competitive gymnasts and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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Oozing my religion

News | Decline seeps at once-Christian colleges; Jeffress conflates border debate with Revelation
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/15/19, 02:19 pm

A Whirled Views roundup of U.S. religious news and views.

Un-great awakening 

The spiritual decline of many colleges and universities with religious beginnings isn’t a new development, but I was reminded of it again when I wrote about pro-life efforts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

The university has been independent from the Methodist Church since 1937, but it still bears the name of John Wesley—one of founders of Methodism and an important figure in the Great Awakening. 

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