Opinion

SCHALL: On Not Being an ‘Algebra Problem’

Years ago, a friend, now dead for many years, gave me a copy of “The Letters of Evelyn Waugh.” I picked this book up the other day. On the inside cover, she had written a note. It reads: “As Flannery [O’Connor] says: ‘Don’t make an algebra problem out of this[Read More…]

by September 5, 2008 0 comments Opinion

How College Can Change You if You’re Open-Minded

Dear Freshmen (and everyone else, but especially freshmen): So, here you are, newly arrived in Washington, D.C., at a college. Amazing thing, a college. A self-contained community with janitors, sports teams, doctors, counselors, cooks, police, etc., all for the benefit of a faculty whose main role in society is to[Read More…]

by August 22, 2008 0 comments Opinion

Cheers and Jeers for 2007-2008

Cheers to new MSB building   A common theme we’ve harped on this year is Georgetown’s constant lack of adequate space for its students, but there is a beacon of hope growing next to the Leavey Center: the new home of the McDonough School of Business.   The building has[Read More…]

by May 16, 2008 0 comments Opinion

SCHALL: Idealism Root of Political Problems

Plato was 40 years old (388 B.C.), as he tells us in his “Seventh Letter.” The Peloponnesian War had ended in 404. The Greek colony of Syracuse on Sicily was in the ascendancy. Along with Sparta, Syracuse was the victor in the infamous war launched by Athens, under the prodding on by[Read More…]

by January 18, 2008 0 comments Opinion

At Home and Abroad, Problems Plague Next President

I was walking across campus last week and noticed the leaves on the magnificent elm tree in front of White-Gravenor starting to turn yellow. The thought occurred to me that by the time those leaves begin to turn yellow next year, so much will have changed. It is often possible[Read More…]

by December 7, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Book Writing an Addiction for Professors

Well, I just finished another book. “Finished” is a bit of a euphemism, since I really only finished a draft that is now ready be read by my peers — hopefully without embarrassing me too seriously. But that is really the key milestone in producing a book — having a[Read More…]

by November 9, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Missing a Foggy Day in London

LONDON — I write this column from London, where I am spending six days between classes, giving several presentations on my books and current research. And indulging in a bit of nostalgia. Three decades ago, I was ending a seven-year stint here doing my graduate studies at the London School[Read More…]

by October 26, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

Civil Service Distrusts Academics

I have lived in two worlds as a professional — nearly 15 years in the U.S. government and 25 years in the academy. Sometimes I am asked what are the differences and similarities between being a professor and being a public official. I’ll tell you one thing: the differences are[Read More…]

by October 12, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

How Can Universities Use Their Megaphones’

There is nothing like a good bout of the flu (which I suspect my students have generously shared with me) to make one consider the meaning of life and other elevated thoughts. My particular elevated thought today involves a question that we all have probably asked at one time or[Read More…]

by September 28, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

US Forces Both the Problem and the Solution in Iraq

All of the news this week is about Iraq, after the report from General David Petraeus on the impact of the troop surge. Petraeus followed last week’s report from retired U.S. Marine General Jim Jones (SFS ’66) on the state of the police and security services and the report by[Read More…]

by September 14, 2007 0 comments Commentary, Opinion