The Daniel Webster Project in Ancient and Modern Studies at Dartmouth College
The Biography of Daniel Webster
Here is a link to the biography of Daniel Webster.
“The Devil and Daniel Webster”
Here is a link to the PDF document of the play, “The Devil and Daniel Webster” Read it here.
Selected News Articles
The Art of Folly at Yale from the Washington Post, May 3, 2008. By Charles Lane.
In the past, Kronman argues, colleges and universities understood that undergraduates were hungry for answers to the Big Question: What is the meaning of life? And schools believed that not only religion but also higher education could help students find them. Humanities departments focused on great works of Western civilization, from Homer to Shakespeare. In short, Kronman writes, they gave their students a four-year seat in the unending “great conversation” of their civilization.
Daniel Webster Program hosts lecture from The Dartmouth, April 7, 2008. By Michael Coburn.
The research culture of the modern university has kept important questions — such as those surrounding the meaning of life — from being discussed in the classroom, Yale Law professor Anthony Kronman argued to an audience primarily composed of Dartmouth faculty members on Friday. Kronman’s speech was the first ever in the Daniel Webster Program’s Janus Lecture Series.
Program urges classical studies from The Dartmouth, April 3, 2008. By Michael Coburn.
Advocating a curriculum that focuses more extensively on classical knowledge, Dartmouth government professor James Murphy recently founded the Daniel Webster Program, in an effort to shed light on the current social relevance of classical learning by bringing classical scholars to speak on campus and by offering an optional core curriculum at the College based on the “great books” of the liberal arts.
Webster program hosts conference from The Dartmouth, November 24, 2008. By Marielle Battistoni.
The Daniel Webster Project, formerly the Daniel Webster Program, hosted its first “ancient and modern conference”, which featured papers by several prominent professors of political philosophy and debate over the role of classical and modern influences in contemporary liberal arts education. The conference, titled “Socrates or Rosseau: Ancient and Modern Ideas of Higher Education”, was attended by approximately 60 people, including students, faculty and visiting professors Friday and Saturday at the Rockefeller Center.
Daniel Webster Revisited from The Dartmouth, May 14, 2009. By James Chu.
Last spring, the Review did a piece on the genesis and the goals of Daniel Webster Program (now called Daniel Webster Project), a faculty-led effort to reintroduce programs of study at Dartmouth centered around the great books. The project as, and is, attempting to make a systemic study of the classic texts, and the issues they contain, possible at Dartmouth, partly in response to lack of permanence and transcendence in contemporary education.
Daniel Webster Project Second Annual Janus Lecture from The Dartmouth, May 20, 2009. By Jamila Ma.
Professors’ ability to shape the curriculum at liberal arts institutions is decreasing, Colorado College professor Timothy Fuller said in the second annual Janus Lecture, sponsored by the Daniel Webster Project in Ancient and Modern Studies. Fuller and London School of Economics professor emeritus Kenneth Minogue discussed changes to the liberal arts education in their lecture, “What is a Liberal Arts Education Today?,” held the Rockfeller Center on Tuesday.