Thin Crust

From Whole Man to Global Man Is a Stretch

When I entered Columbia College in 1956, I was told unequivocally that the purpose of a university education was to produce “the whole man.” Presumably this meant that a graduate was to be a versatile, virtuous person ready to play a role in the American society. Over time “the whole man” evanesced or was transmogrified into “the diversity man,” someone who could relate to all races and ethnicities. So committed were universities to this concept that the hiring of faculty members and admission of students were forced through the lens of affirmative action, the instrument for diversity.

Now, however, a new concept is emerging that could be described as the...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #11, Winter 2009 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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