Cultural Studies: Bane of the Humanities

Cultural Studies:  Bane of the Humanities 1

Ellen Weinstein for The Chronicle Review

According to legend, the late, great Sidney Morgenbesser, professor of philosophy at Columbia University (and as New York's "sidewalk Socrates," a source of many unforgettable anecdotes), once gave an exam to a class consisting of just one question: "Some people think Marx and Freud went too far. How far would you go?" (Alas, the students' answers have not been preserved.) What a teacher, and what a classroom moment for the ages! With one stroke, it tells us the