Magazine article Liberal Education

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Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

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Is it my imagination, or is time moving faster? How often I've thought this-even tossed it off in conversation. Imagination's tricks appear in living color in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," as they do in all theater and the arts. In the My View section of this issue, Molly Smith talks implicitly about imagination in the art of the theater and how it crosses-even breaks through-boundaries.

Smith says, "Like the scientist, there is a drive to invent." While we think of imagination and invention as the engines driving the arts and science, most endeavors have the same genesis. At the Annual Meeting, ideas were given in reasoned and persuasive presentations, many with graphic accompaniments in Power Point and handouts. To imagine how things could be and to create visions of new possibilities, whether in liberal education or in bringing about social change, are rooted in the imaginative process.

One of the surprises on campus has always been the imaginative ways students, at their best, can rise to challenges of all sorts. When students are mobilized to effect a program or election or social event, do a presentation, or deliver an address, they demonstrate the power of imagination in seeing and doing the task purposefully, with freshness, often with wit and originality. …

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