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Holiday visits back home to Little Rock almost always turn up an old acquaintance or two. Usually the unexpected encounters are in person, but on my most recent Christmas visit, it was a Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial on the suspension of the German program at UALR that reunited me with Matthew Arnold, the 19th Century British poet and education critic. As an academic administrator, I too lament the decision to suspend the German major at UALR. And while I don’t know the specifics about this particular decision, I feel safe in saying that those responsible for making it lament it as well—because I know them personally.

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Perspective, Pages 74 on 01/20/2013

Print Headline: Defending the Liberal Arts

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