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Amy Kass and Me: On Our Shared Scholarly Affinities and Differences

I first learned of Amy Apfel Kass while writing my dissertation. She too had written one on great books promoters, titled “Radical Conservatives for a Liberal Education” and completed in 1973. I finished mine in 2006, just before my 33rd birthday. Kass finished hers when she was 33. We never met, but we both spent a lot time, albeit in different eras and contexts, thinking about the same historical figures, reading the same dusty tomes, looking for the same forgotten papers and letters, and pondering the roots of liberal education and the humanities, both in higher education and beyond. Read more