Notes in the Margins: Ruining humanities, UK expansion and LGBT evangelicals

Saving Liberal Education From ‘The Humanities’ A bit more should be said in the service of my conservative defense of liberal education, part of which is the defense of the humanities from self-destructive extremes of scientism and relativism. (Minding the Campus)

Janet Napolitano picked to lead UC system Nomination of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, an outsider to academia, signals a desire for change in the 10-campus system. (Los Angeles Times)

Who Ruined the Humanities? Of course it’s important to read the great poets and novelists. But not in a university classroom, where literature has been turned into a bland, soulless competition for grades and status. (The Wall Street Journal)

UK visa change is driving overseas expansion When the UK Border Agency last year tightened controls on international students coming into Britain, it prompted an increase in the number of institutions looking to establish themselves overseas. (University World News)

LGBT group finds acceptance at evangelical college The nation’s first LGBT student club sanctioned by a major evangelical seminary formed last fall at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, one of the world’s largest multi-denominational seminaries, and has attracted about three dozen students. Fuller’s stance has created ripples in the larger world of Christian colleges and seminaries, where a growing number of gay evangelical students are asserting their dual identities with underground clubs and nascent political activism. (Associated Press via NAICU)