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What Good Is Liberal Education?

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In his latest op-ed for The American Interest, Strauss discusses the imperative for a renewed focus on liberal arts and humanistic studies in a landscape where university students increasingly choose pre-professional career paths in economics, finance, math, science and technology. Citing other recent articles on the subject, Strauss explains that liberal arts classes train young minds to think broadly and …

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A Boy And His Prize

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I’ve returned from Roma with the Premio Lucio Colletti in tow, as seen in the featured image. As for the city itself, beautiful as ever, spending my time with friends and colleagues at the Academy as well as eating delicious food and touring some previously unvisited archaeological sites. To all who haven’t been, Rome is a must for your bucket …

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Barry Wins the Premio Lucio Colletti

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To recognize his extensive archaeological work and historical research, Barry Strauss will be honored in Rome on Saturday, June 20, 2015 by receiving the prestigious Premio Lucio Colletti. An annual prize in honor of the titular Italian philosopher and politician, the award was established by the Italian government and is given to journalists, scholars and writers.

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Best Views of Rome

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Everyone who visits Rome has his or her favorite spots to view the city that needs more than one lifetime. Here are five of mine. Send yours, please! The Pincio The Gianicolo The Aventine The Cupola of St. Peter’s The rooftop of the Sofitel Hotel

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McDonald’s Class War with Milan

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Upscale shopping mall cancels the lease of a down-market store to make way for something more exclusive. Mass versus class – an old story, except that in this case, it involves the politics of global capitalism, an agile turnabout by a clever marketer, and the brio of Italy. Continued at: McDonald’s Class War with Milan, Real Clear History, October 22, 2012

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Neo-Fascism’s Stunning Rise in Europe

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The past weighs heavily on us. That’s the message that I got during the first week of a sabbatical in southern Europe. Two incidents, one in Rome and the other outside Athens, showed this roving historian firsthand the real presence of neo-Fascism. Continued at: Neo-Facism’s Stunning Rise in Europe, Real Clear World, October 5, 2012.

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The Classics Shed Light on the Role of Leadership

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Leadership is on our minds in this presidential-election year. Many books, schools and seminars teach leadership, and often well. But there’s no manual like the classics. Continued at: The Classics Shed Light on the Role of Leadership, Real Clear History, October 3, 2012

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Killing of an Ambassador: A History Lesson

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Killing an ambassador can lead to dire consequences. President Obama has promised that the killers of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other State Department employees will be brought to justice. Indeed. Justice is essential, but equally essential is taking the fight to the terrorists who were behind the attack. The U.S. government now suspects an al Qaeda link. Continued …

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Correction Course

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Yesterday I drove with a colleague through the lush Upstate New York countryside to the Auburn Correctional Facility. Better known as Auburn State Prison, it pioneered the notion of rehabilitating prisoners. It also pioneered the electric chair. My colleague, Emeritus Professor Richard Polenberg, is teaching a course at the prison on constitutional law and criminal justice. Cornell University, along with …

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