Category Archives: What We’re Reading

The real value of a real education has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with awareness

This is an opportunity to continue the conversation we started at H4. David Foster Wallace is widely considered one of the most creative writers of the last 20 years. He is the author of the novel Infinite Jest (1996). These … Continue reading

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IdeaFestival 2014 #2: Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, Stephen Cave 2012

Stephen Cave Session: Immortality Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (Kentucky Center) Dr Stephen Cave is a philosopher, writer and critic. He has worked both as an academic, studying and teaching philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and … Continue reading

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IdeaFestival 2014 #1: Exoplanets & Exoplanetology – Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars – Lee Billings 2013

First presentation at IF by science journalist Lee Billings @leebillings on exoplanets and exoplanetology based on his 2013 book. Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke said that “Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Either is … Continue reading

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WKU Honors College Scholars at IdeaFestival 2014 in Louisville: An Eclectic Network of Global Thinkers & Innovators, A Celebration for the Intellectually Curious

The motto and approach of IdeaFestival is very similar to Honors education understood as transdisciplinary and transformative global education that cultivates global competence. I am therefore very excited to attend IdeaFestival this week in Louisville with Brad Cockrel (Mechanical Engineering … Continue reading

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Confuse students to help them learn

Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug 14, 2014 Professors who present classroom material clearly and concisely may not be doing their students any favors. (…) Forcing them to work through impasses can promote deeper levels of comprehension, researchers … Continue reading

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David Foster Wallace on the meaning and value of education: Like fish in water?

This is a re-post of an earlier post (from May 10, 2013) for those of you who would like to continue the conversation we started this weekend at the H4 Freshmen Orientation Retreat on the value and purpose of education. … Continue reading

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Why Do Ukraine and Crimea Matter to Americans? A Panel Discussion with Experts from WKU

 A Panel Discussion with Experts from WKU Thu, Apr 3, 7pm, Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) 236 A map showing the disputed areas near Russia in red (Laris Karklis / The Washington Post) Panelists Michael McClellan, Minister-Counselor of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Global Studies as if Reality Mattered: Globalizing Education in the Anthropocene to Build Global Competence and Resilience

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. (John Muir 1911) Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. (Philip K. Dick; Peter Viereck) … Continue reading

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‘Oil and Economic Growth: A Supply-Constrained View’

Steven Kopits, Managing Director, Douglas-Westwood (energy consulting) Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, February 11, 2014 Key trends oil majors’ production has fallen even as capital expenditures (capex) soared (until recently) now they … Continue reading

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Going, going, going … gone! Arctic ‘death spiral’ continues. US Navy predicts ice free summer by 2016

New video from NOAA I stand by my previous statements that the Arctic summer sea ice cover is in a death spiral. It’s not going to recover. (Mark Serreze, NSIDC director, September 2010) The US Navy predicts an ice free … Continue reading

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