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June 13, 2005

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'Members of the Class of September 11'

Why English majors “see developing the moral imagination as more important than securing economic self-justification,” why conversations with mass murderers are often disappointing, why the readers of Snarkmarket are all doomed, and more, in my favorite graduation speech of 2005 so far, by Mark Danner.

Posted June 13, 2005 at 2:20 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Journalism, Society/Culture


I haven't read this speech yet, but I will note that Mark Danner was Tom Friedman's interviewer at UC-Berkeley, and a much more appealing speaker.

By the way, I finally read this, and while I of course dig the message -- yeah moral imagination! -- didn't the whole thing seem awfully self-congratulatory as well? "Yes, it's a good thing we are so smart and skeptical here. Because no one else is."

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