One Year of Emptiness at the Krach Leadership Center
May 4, 2015 7:27 AM Subscribe
Fredrik deBoer reflects on disparities among university buildings and what they say about different approaches to higher education:
Look: nobody, nobody, in the humanities is naive about this stuff. None of us expect the kind of opulence that you find in the STEM buildings, or the alumni hall, or the massive ghost town that is Purdue’s research park, which is set to expand by 980 acres in the near future. None of us expect that stuff and most of us don’t want it. What we want– what I want– is a functional building where I can meet with students who are willing to learn, with some classrooms with a functioning HVAC system, some chairs and desks, and a whiteboard. A computer with a projector would be nice. We aren’t picky. But it is so dispiriting to come into a dilapidated space at a college which seems to build new buildings for no purpose.
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