What We Lose When a Sweet Briar Folds

March 11, 2015 Christopher B. Nelson

It was announced last week that Sweet Briar College, the 114-year-old women’s school in Virginia, will be closing at the end of this academic year. This is a sad event in American higher education. When a college with such a distinctive character and historical mission goes out of existence, academe loses something irreplaceable. I recall reading recently—I don’t remember where—the

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