President Andrew Delbanco is quoted on trendy themes among college course offerings.
"Not all educators applaud the academic rush to fun and contemporary relevance. 'It seems to me that higher education is going off the rails by offering so many classes with curb appeal,' says Matthew Davis, a dean at the Santa Fe campus of the rigorous St. John’s College. Andrew Delbanco, professor of American studies at Columbia, believes that certain writers never get old.'That’s why there’s value in a class that introduces great books rather than the latest superhero movie,' he says. 'To understand the present means engaging with the past.'”
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