Johns Hopkins University

Fall 2008
Vol. 6, No.1

NEWS

Celebrating MacArthur Honors

New Hopkins President Elected

An "Exceptional" Season for Faculty Hiring

Student Voices

AAP Goes Global

Enriching Academics

Villa Spelman 2.0

Homewood Happenings

Faculty Awards

>Letters

A Momentous Move-Out, Temporary Digs

By the Numbers

Homewood Art Workshops

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Letters

Kudos to the writer of the article on political scientist Kellee Tsai in the spring issue of Arts and Sciences Magazine. The findings in her book, Capitalism Without Democracy, are provocative and thought-provoking. And they certainly upend any conclusions many of us may have drawn that capitalism in China will transform the communist state into a democracy. Tsai is to be congratulated on her stunning research. It is unfortunately too late for our current president to learn anything about regime change.
Janet Heller, Baltimore

Just getting around to the Spring 2008 Arts and Sciences Magazine, I came across an odd line on p. 18 at the beginning of the article about double majors: "Though the path to pursuing a double major...is relatively obstacle free—thanks to an absence of general-education requirements..." Is the absence of general-education requirements such a blessing? What happened to the idea of liberal education? Learning something about a range of disciplines (not an idea that a double major fulfills, of course)? I thought this was a most telling aside: How thankful are students (faculty?) that the university relieves them of the need to range among kinds of knowledge? I hope I'm wrong about the implications in this tone.
George Butte PhD '73, Colorado Springs, CO

What a great refreshing look; I read nearly every article. I think this is an excellent communication (as long as you can keep the content quality high and interesting) that helps to justify the investment in Hopkins by families. You might consider an online version to reduce the distribution cost so you could send it to interested stakeholders for a longer time. Thank you and bravo.
Joel Dean, Parent '09, Hastings-on-Hudson,
NY/Brussels, Belgium

The spring issue of Arts and Sciences was impressive indeed. I had not previously seen the magazine and am glad that I am now on the mailing list. I was particularly taken by Erika Falk's piece about presidential contenders. I had no idea that so many women had been involved in presidential contests. As it happens, I am acquainted with two Hopkins astronomers, so I was especially interested in the "Amateur Hour" story. And, as a non-Hopkins person, I learned a lot from the several news stories on pages 2–11. I look forward to future issues.
Braxton D. Mitchell, Baltimore