President Obama should realize that innovation in technology companies, automobile design, medicine or food production does not come only from isolated work in technical disciplines. We must also have a space for the liberal arts.
We're a generation willing to mobilize for satire with a purpose. And now that the second season of Jersey Shore has ended, there are hardly any excuses left for students not to complain that the tuition is too damn high!
Whether it is in economics or in religious studies, art history or computational biology, we want our faculty and students to learn to translate the specific things they learn into terms that have broader relevance.
What the placement advisors and dissertation committees don't tell you is that there is a strong possibility that you will be eating ramen noodles again. Or that you will not be able to afford bookshelves for the hundreds of books you own.
Patient and persistent critical inquiry has never been as crucial as it is in these uncertain economic times, and the development of this capacity is one of the defining features of a liberal education.
An entrepreneurial spirit is thriving among the next generation. Yet in order to turn their ambition into action, today's students will need a solid foundation that prepares them for the unique challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship.