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The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

The Cloisters: Escape the City in the City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Cloisters is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art given over to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. With a collection of over 2,000 medieval pieces, the museum's structure is itself part of the exhibit.

These Are The Top Colleges In 2014

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.30.2014 | College

Everybody loves a good ol' college ranking. On Wednesday, Forbes released a list of the best colleges in America in 2014. But Forbes emphasizes wha...

The Real Reason You Should Go To Your College Reunion

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

If you return to high school or college years later for your reunion, you're likely to experience one of three common reactions. Of these, two are sufficiently unproductive that you might as well skip the event altogether. In contrast, the third option is sweet beyond words, and well worth making the time and taking the trip.

Is the Art Show Becoming the Armory Show?

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 05.10.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Armory Show is held at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City and is perhaps the best advertised and attended art show of the week.

Last Chance for Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Paintings at the Frick Museum

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The fifteen paintings selected for the Frick's presentation are among the most important in the Mauritshuis's holdings.

When the Buzzer Sounds: Basketball, Giving and Thanks

Karen Gross | Posted 01.26.2014 | College
Karen Gross

There is another important aspect to this partnership. Vermont, a largely white state, has many students who have not lived or worked with minority populations. That is a handicap in a world that is increasingly diverse.

The Importance of Art Conservation: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The conservator can talk about the nuts and bolts while I try and figure out what was going on in the artist's head and eye. In this case, what did Homer see, how did he chose to paint it, why that and how did he execute it.

Last Weeks for Maine Sublime: Frederic Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 12.14.2013 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

It is still not too late to see Maine Sublime: Frederic Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin -- a gem of a small exhibit which closes October 27th

What Is the Class of 2017 Reading?

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 09.22.2013 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

While many recent high school graduates, myself included, are spending their respective summers pursuing a variety of activities, many of them have one thing in common -- required reading.

ConsentFest Keeps The Conversation Moving Forward

In The 'Cac | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
In The 'Cac

When Angie Epifano published the story of her sexual assault at Amherst College--and the lack of support she received--readers were saddened, disturbed, and enraged. Although an investigation has since concluded that "[Amherst] failed to follow policy and procedure in a way that would have provided a prompt and integrated response to Ms. Epifano's report," students are not done addressing the issue of campus sexual assault--and reaching out to other campuses to talk about it.

The Era of the Celebrity Farmer

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 01.02.2013 | Food
Katherine Gustafson

We have indeed entered the era of the celebrity farmer. But all over the country, small farmers -- some of whom have been at it for decades with scant recognition -- are finding themselves catapulted to rock-star status.

11 Ideal Inns For A Northeast College Tour

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 10.23.2012 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Your kid's future alma mater isn't cookie-cutter, so why should your college tour accommodations be?

America's Top Colleges: Forbes List

Forbes | Michael Noer | Posted 08.01.2012 | College

College is outrageously expensive. Four years at an elite, private school like the University of Chicago (#4) or Stanford (#3) costs more than a quart...

Danielle Cadet

PHOTOS: University Vandals Raise Specter Of Jim Crow With Racist Signs | Danielle Cadet | Posted 11.18.2011 | Black Voices

Students and faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz are planning to hold several forums after a number of racially insensitive signs...

Violent Hate Speech Incident at Williams College

Tracey E. Vitchers | Posted 01.14.2012 | College
Tracey E. Vitchers

On the morning of November 12, 2011, a student at Williams called the Campus Safety and Security after seeing written on the wall of an upperclass dormitory in permanent black marker, "All N*****s Must Die."

The 10 Most Popular Jobs For The 1 Percent

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.18.2011 | Business

The goals and grievances of Occupy Wall Street protestors may be varied, but one of the movement's main aims is to draw attention to the gap between t...

The Best Liberal Arts Colleges In America: U.S. News And World Report

Posted 11.14.2011 | College

For the second year in a row, Williams College and Amherst College are the best liberal arts schools in America, according to U.S. News and World Repo...

In College, Gaining Latina Awareness

Bianca Martinez | Posted 10.12.2011 | College
Bianca Martinez

Being so focused on my identity in this way has not deterred my interests outside of racial issues. Instead they have been molded in a way that I had not expected.

12 Liberal Arts Schools That Pay

Posted 09.28.2011 | College

Harvey Mudd College is the top paying liberal arts school in the country, according to the salary website PayScale's report on alumni median career ea...

Florence: Art On and Off the Beaten Path

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 07.22.2011 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

In a city overflowing with art and history, there are always under-appreciated works to be seen and enjoyed. Having visited this Mecca for art-lovers several times in the past, I returned for another look.

For This Graduating Senior, Deep Thinking -- and Teaching -- Really Matters

Justin Snider | Posted 07.05.2011 | College
Justin Snider

In a few weeks, Mopati Morake will earn a bachelor's degree in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts. A native of Botswana, Morake has been educated on three continents.

Women's Rugby Teams Play For 24 Hours Straight

Posted 06.25.2011 | College

Williams College may have bested Keene State College in a rugby match held this weekend, but every player won the title of Guinness World Record holde...

Why We Teach

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

Although as a university president I spent much of my time in meetings, my colleagues tell me that I'm happiest just after I come back from the classroom.

Colleges Shift Admissions Policies

The Huffington Post | Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Two prominent liberal arts colleges are reshaping their admissions policies in drastic yet opposite ways -- one despite the economy, and one because o...