Bean mentioned the “pressure with focusing on professional pathways,” the struggle to show the desirability of a liberal arts degree, the increasing need for internship experience and the uniqueness of serving both the liberal arts college and the surrounding pre-professional schools.
I believe deeply in the value of these programs. As research enterprises and educational units, these programs greatly enrich the College of Arts & Sciences. In the context of the curriculum review we are currently endeavoring in the college, our faculty have affirmed the value of such considerations with the proposal to add a “human difference” category to the breadth requirements. If we are to prepare our students to be good global citizens and navigate an increasingly heterogeneous world, then we must prepare them to understand how social categories are created, and the implications that this has for our society more broadly.
“We hope to create classes and classrooms where students themselves are doing the discovering and discussing and they become the ones passionate and excited and involved in the topics and take ownership of the classes,” Manning said.
This week, the College of Arts and Sciences began accepting faculty, staff and alumni contributions to the Klarman Hall time capsule, which is scheduled to be buried during the formal dedication of Klarman Hall on May 26, according to the University. The capsule — which will be placed between Klarman Hall and Lincoln Hall — intends to encapsulate the way that students learn the humanities, according to Kathy Hovis, University writer for the College of Arts and Sciences
Submissions should answer the question, “If you could talk to a Cornell student 50 years from now, what music, movies, shows, books and art do you love today that you would want to make sure they know about? Why are these works so important to you?” according to the University. Gretchen Ritter ’83, the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences, said that this capsule will commemorate the year 2016 as it was a particularly special year for the humanities at the University. Klarman Hall, which was completed and opened up to the public this year was “the first building dedicated to the humanities on Cornell’s central campus in 100 years,” Ritter said.
“At night, the iconic atrium will be illuminated, serving as the point of emphasis on East Avenue, enshrining the courtyard of Goldwin Smith Hall,” said University architect Gilbert Delgado, of Klarman Hall.