The Society of Senior Scholars at Columbia University is an organization of retired professors, most but not all of them Columbia Emerita/i, who since 1988 have been actively involved in teaching in Columbia’s old and very famous general education program, usually referred to as The Core. There are currently roughly thirty members of the Society. Some while ago I was nominated for membership in the Society, and I have just received word that I have indeed been elected. I am quite pleased both by the honor and by the opportunity this will offer for a re-entry into the Columbia community after some forty-six years.
My re-introduction to Columbia will be a public lecture early next Fall, which I have tentatively titled “What Good is a Liberal Education? A Radical Response.” After that, we shall see how things develop.
I figure this should keep me busy at least until I am ninety, after which perhaps I will slow down a bit.