Shout-Out from Phi Beta Kappa speaker and Classicist, Tom Palaima Posted on March 19th, 2009 by

Gustavus must have made a good impression on Phi Beta Kappa speaker and classicist Tom Palaima, who delivered a talk about ancient and modern narratives of war earlier this month.  He mentions Gustavus in his column “In education, enthusiasm matters” in the Austin American-Statesman. Read the whole column here.  Many thanks to everyone for making his visit so successful and for representing Gustavus so well!

My own travels and talks for PBK have persuaded me all is not lost.

…Professors who are devoted to PBK are active all across the country. They teach their students with contagious enthusiasm, as I have seen firsthand at the University of Arkansas, Eastern Illinois University and Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and at smaller jewels like Hendrix College in Arkansas, Gustavus Adolphus and St. Olaf in Minnesota, and Roanoke College in Virginia.

…Let’s get out of the way of teachers at all levels who believe what Phi Beta Kappa stands for: “Love of learning will captain the ships of our lives.” Their students will do the rest. All of our boats will rise.


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