Vol. 11 No. 2
October/November 2008

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Vitalities of the Mind
The Gustafson Seminar on the future of Liberal Education

Educating the Vitalities of the Mind

2007-2008 Gustafson Seminar

Vitalities of the Mind Matrix

A Vitalities of the Mind Glossary

“People who understand liberal arts education argue that it’s the ultimate practical education.”

Civility and contemplation and ethics and compassion and courage—all these things are great. But we need Apollo and Dionysus. ”

Website special:
“Bathing in Reeking Wounds: The Liberal Arts and War”
Catharine R. Stimpson, University Professor of English and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University

Comments on the Liberal Arts
Response to the Gustafson Faculty Seminar

Some Thoughts on Overcoming Paralysis
Education and curricula in the context of war

Can the Liberal Arts Reduce the Likelihood of War?
An important but limited resource


Seeking Emory Faculty Books Published in 2008
On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 9, the Academic Exchange and Druid Hills Bookstore will host a celebration in the Druid Hills Bookstore of Emory faculty authors (or editors) of books published in 2008. We know, however, that our list of such books remains incomplete.
If you published a book this year, please let us know by emailing Allison Adams, editor of The Academic Exchange, at aadam02@emory.edu. We’d like to include you on our list of honorees, which will be presented at the reception and published on the Academic Exchange website.

Likewise, if you know of a colleague who published a book this year, again, please let us know. And look for more information to come about the December event. We look forward to celebrating this year’s scholarly achievements with you.

Waiting for Creativity
One of my boys came into my study the other day, and he looked around for a few minutes and he said, “This is it, is it? This is your life, isn’t it?” He said it with some contempt. I said, “Yes, it is. It’s how I support you.” He said, “Sometimes when I set off from the house I can see you looking out the window. And when you’re not looking out the window you’re lying on the sofa, aren’t you?” I said, “Yes, that’s what writers do, they look out the window and then they lie on the sofa.” One of the things about being creative is that there’s not much happening a lot of the time. If you’re being creative you have to sit around a lot and wait for it to happen. The most uncreative people are always the busy ones, aren’t they? You know they’re really not doing anything at all. In a way they’re keeping busy in order not to be

—Hanif Kureishi, author of the novels The Buddha of Suburbia and Intimacy and screenwriter of such films as My Beautiful Laundrette and Venus, speaking as part of the Provost Office Luminaries in the Arts and Humanities Series, co-sponsored by the Creativity & Arts Strategic Initiative and Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts, September 8, 2008