The Old College Try

The Marketplace of Ideas
Reform and Resistance in the American University
Louis Menand
W. W. Norton, $24.95, 176 pp.

In a New York Times article titled “Making College ‘Relevant’” (December 29, 2009), Kate Zernike reported on the various responses of academic institutions to increasing pressure, from both parents and students, to show that the expense of a liberal-arts education is worth it.

Thomas College, a liberal arts school in Maine, advertises itself as Home...

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About the Author

Bernard G. Prusak is associate professor of philosophy and director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.