Monday, August 25, 2008
How time flies
This year's crop of freshmen were born in 1990, when I was a freshman in college. That's a kind of parallelism that should mean something, but probably doesn't. A turning point? Thank goodness we have the Beloit List, famously compiled by professors at Beloit College to remind us all of the life experience of our frosh. It's useful as a reminder of the chasm that divides personal experience of the world from "history" - for me, it opens up some time during the Nixon presidency, and I'm sure some professor once thought of us, "My god, they don't remember the Kennedy assassination." I wonder if I could make a similar list for the incoming freshmen in the fall of 1989? Kennedy and King have always been martyrs, Berlin has always had a Wall, and China has never been entirely closed. What else?