“A library without books? Not quite, but as students abandon the stacks in favor of online reference material, university libraries are unloading millions of unread volumes in a nationwide purge that has some print-loving scholars deeply unsettled.”
I always wished when I retired, that I would live in a college or university town — places like Chapel Hill, NC, or perhaps Charlottesville, VA — places like that. I guessed they would be in the South, where I grew up, born and bred, as we were fond of saying, back in the old days..
I would tell people, when it came up or I mentioned it, that college towns would be great for retirement.. you can go to the sports’ games in town, hang out with older friends/alumni; you can attend free lectures (open to the public); you can often see foreign or art films for free (open to the public or small fee); you can attend classes, lifelong education would keep you young in mind and spirit; and so on.. I had a whole list of benefits for living in a “college town” ..
Las Vegas has UNLV and some other colleges, too,, so I guess it has some aspects of a college town, too.. I should explore their classes, adult activities, free lectures or films or performances.. see what’s there.. it’s on the to-do list… 🙂
The leaders of tomorrow will be well versed in dead philosophers, according to a new database of college syllabi.The Open Syllabus Project, a collection of over 1 million curricula from English-language colleges and universities over the past 15 years, released its data on Friday (Jan. 22). Plato, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Aristotle overwhelmingly dominate lists in the US, particularly at the top schools.