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Opine: William Sewell
In today’s Opine, William Sewell, the Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science and History, and the College, is of the opinion . . .
What book would you
recommend every person read and why?
Who—dead or alive—is your favorite scholar, author, composer, musician, entrepreneur?
Of these people, who is the one person you’d prefer to meet and converse with?
If you consider some of the complex moral and political issues that affect humanity, which issue/problem do you believe will never be resolved and why?
If politicians had to pass an exam before they were allowed to serve in a public office, what question would you add to the test?
If you could choose any three University professors and give them a one-year sabbatical together to solve a problem, develop a theory or make a discovery, what task would you assign them to work on?
The University has many traditions, some academic, such as the Humanities Open House and the Aims of Education Address, and some more recreational, such as the Latke Hammentash debate and the annual student Scavenger Hunt. If you were asked to create a new University tradition, what would it be?
Think of a renowned scholar from the past, now dead, who added great value to your area of study. Who is this person, and what do you believe this person would think of the advances that recently have been made in this area?
But if he were alive today, I suspect he’d be too busy opposing British participation in the Iraq war and denouncing the obscenities of the “war on terror” to spend much time worrying about the moribund state of labor history.