For those wanting to enter graduate school in 2013, applications will soon be due. Students investigating options
often ask if it makes a difference where the planning school is located—in a
design school, a public policy college, or in other locations like colleges of agriculture
or arts and sciences. The short answer is it matters less to students than many think.
In spite of my sense that we are heading pell mell into the gloom of global warming, catastrophic conflict and hopeless mediocrity, I’ve noticed a hopeful trend. Beauty and happiness have been rehabilitated from irrelevant to necessary. It may not be an avalanche, but proponents are showing up in unusual places: a book by an environmental conservationist, another by an historian philosopher, and a Mother Jones article about the economy. Can this portend a trend?