Colleges: School for Alumni

The best test of a college is whether its alumni continue to have a taste for learning—the very word alumnus comes from the Latin alere, to nourish. Toward this end, college reunions are more and more becoming occasions to heft brains rather than bottles. Now Dartmouth has capped the trend by announcing a full-scale Alumni College to run for two weeks next August.

"This is not a missionary effort," says President John Sloan Dickey. "This is for people who have been reading already, but want somebody to discuss their reading with." Alumni College...

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