To the Editor:
The article “Presidential Task Force Places Undergrads in a Global Context,” (Oct. 4) concerning ongoing discussions of globalization and revision of Core Curriculum, mentions an Art Humanities assignment on the Parthenon redesigned to focus on the Taj Mahal. As I understand it, the pedagogical logic at work in this example of global thought in action could apply also in a course, let us say, on Asian art, in which a Greek pot could be substituted for a Korean vase as the subject of an essay assignment. Or in a course on Chinese intellectual history, Kant would be a fine substitute for Confucius. A seminar on Latin American fiction? What’s wrong with Pride and Prejudice? The possibilities are limitless.
Robert E. Harrist
Oct. 4, 2007
The author is the Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese art history and chairman of the department of art history and archaeology.