Today I had the opportunity to speak to prospective University of Illinois students and their parents at
"Orange and Blue Day." My charge was to introduce the benefits of an education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to say something about the value of the humanities, and to make a pitch for English as a major. All in five minutes. I ended up going a little over time and I still only scratched the surface, of course. But I made an attempt to articulate--to a very particular audience, with a very particular goal in mind--what it is we do here at the University of Illinois and why it is more worth doing than ever.
Here's what I said. I'd love to hear back from you on the key questions: Why liberal arts? Why English?
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