I go on research binges every couple days where I learn EVVVVERYTHING there is to know about some random topic, and today I am obsessed with John Senior and the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas.
I've been secretly obsessed with the Pearson Integrated Humanities Program for a long time, ever since a friend told me all about it during our ISI fellowship.
This reflection on the program is so beautiful. I don't know anyone who was ever involved with the program, but so many things about it fascinate me.
The classes were presented as a conversation between great minds, rather than as a lecture. The students had to learn to LISTEN before they were allowed to contribute. Real, traditional dancing was part of the curriculum, as was beautiful music—folk songs, classical, and medieval chant.
Most of all I love learning about the great men who led the program. These three articles about its leader, John Senior, are my favorites:
Together, these give me so much to think about. The educational work of this awesome program has continued to bear fruit in later generations. It even inspired a new college based on the same principles.
I kind of want to be John Senior when I grow up.