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Miscellaneous Wed Apr 06 2011

Reading 101 at University of Chicago

In her blog entry "Five Things I Learned from the University of Chicago," alumna Amy Estersohn describes (among other things) how the Hyde Park institution made her literate:

"I learned how to read. Yes, I know, you learned how to read from your parents/your favorite television shows/because all the cool kids were doing it. But there's a difference between reading and reading- the italicized kind of reading includes reading for argument and for comparison. It's also about learning to read sympathetically instead of dismissively -- as it's easier to dismiss a theorist wholesale (i.e. Freud) than to explain why a theory may have merit. After graduating from UChicago, I've found that I have a much more voracious pleasure reading appetite, from science and math to philosophy and history, and UChicago empowered me to explore further on my own."

 
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