Summary: At my commencement in 1997,
Edward Albee described us
graduates as "wounded" by
knowledge. Thanks to our higher
education, we were more
sensitive, less oblivious, more
mindful, less boastful.
For me, the weapon most
responsible for these wounds was "The Human Situation." In
ordinary faculty hands, this course could have been an informative
Great Books tour whose worth is measured in mere credit-hours.
Led by the Honors College team, however, it was a
metamorphosis, whose lessons still linger and reward me
professionally and personally.
The catalyst for this transformation was the faculty. Their
enthusiasm for the texts was virulent. They took mischievous
delight in exposing me, a cocksure Irish Catholic kid and Yankees
fan, to the ambiguity of the moral universe - that is, this human
situation. Sister Mary Catherine never let on about the "cauldron
of illicit loves" that scorched even the Church Fathers.