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“Why should I take a history class, Dr. Tam?” Indeed, this question is one that those of us in the humanities often are forced to address. In a world where our college graduates are increasingly wary of their job prospects in an uncertain economy, an education in history seems at best tangential to students’ broader career goals, and at worst a waste of time. Certainly, few conceptions could be further from the truth. Study after...

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“Alien.” Steve Jobs. “Ex Machina.” The “Mona Lisa.” Sigmund Freud. What do these things have in common? They were all part of the curriculum of one of Trinity’s First-Year Experience courses this past semester. The First-Year Experience, or FYE, is a rite of passage at Trinity: every incoming first-year must sign up for one of 11 topics, ranging from Being Young in Asia to Food Matters and everything in between. The courses are designed to...