The Echo Chamber of Elitism – Spencer Flohr

My guess is probably a few ambitious polysci majors here at Williams secretly hope to be appointed to the highest court in the land.  If you are one of them, heads up, you’d better pick your classes carefully and be ready to work your ass off.  All nine of the current justices on the Supreme Court attended one of only two law schools—you can probably guess which two.  You only got into Georgetown?  UVA?  Stanford? Tough luck!  You’re not professionally qualified to interpret the Constitution at the highest level. … Read more

Using Words – Professor Victor E. Hill IV, Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus


[Humpty Dumpty said,] “There’s glory for you!”

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.

Humpty Dumpy smiled contemptuously.  “Of course you don’t – till I tell you.  I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”

“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’ ” Alice objected.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.”[1] … Read more

America in Europe – Professor Nicastro, Visiting Professor of Romance Languages

Excerpt from an abstract that Professor Nicastro provided us to publish.

This paper attempts to build bridges across cultures by calling attention to the shared characteristics of the blues and flamenco and emphasizing the universality of the forms as they speak to the basic humanity of all people. The blues and flamenco, though separated by an ocean, are almost perfectly analogous and share a common African element. Flamenco performers identify closely and explicitly with the spirit of the blues and jazz; thus the America of the blues already existed latently in Europe in the form of its older alter ego and kindred spirit, flamenco. … Read more