Hello, Digital Symposium!

My, my.

Last week I highlighted an op-ed by a former student, this week I get to introduce an entire website!

A group of current and former Northwestern students have set up “The Digital Symposium.” The editor, Jacob Wolf, describes the endeavor this way:

We are a group of individuals with an interest in the liberal arts who are committed to seeking a depth of understanding in all that we do and think.  We have launched this blog to begin a conversation about ideas, for like Richard Weaver, we emphatically assert that “ideas have consequences.”  This blog is a means for us to sharpen our thinking through the art of writing, to engage in conversation/dialectic to “rightfully divide the truth,” and to spark anew (or rekindle) in our readers a passion for the good, the true, and the beautiful.

And, as if that’s not enough, let me also quote Wolf’s conclusion:

As we christen The Digital Symposium (and lives devoted to intellectual excellence and virtue), may it be said of us as was once recounted of Basil the Great, that the galleons of our lives be “laden with all the learning attainable by the nature of man.”

Not only does Wolf has a nice introductory piece, there is also an essay on The Great Gatsby and the American Dream presently up. I have no doubt more meaty stuff is still to follow.

It’s great to see students carry on an interest in the liberal arts and join the conversation. Again, historical training offers tremendous ways for thinking about the big questions–the questions that urgently need to be addressed in the present world.

So again, check out The Digital Symposium!

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