A couple of days ago, I went to a faculty-led panel discussion on Fidel Castro, the former president of Cuba who passed away last year. Before the talk, I knew embarrassingly little about this controversial figure, except that he was a socialist.
At the poster sale at the beginning of this semester, I found a picture of Marx, Lenin, Mao and Stalin dancing at a party sipping champagne. There was another nearby of Mao as a DJ in a birthday hat. A facsimile of
“Swarthmore students tend to have a lot more confidence in experts than in society,” a professor of mine commented a few weeks ago. My experience has proven him right: many people I’ve talked to at Swarthmore are inclined to rely on well-educated