What Are the Arts and Sciences? A Guide for the Curious

Dan Rockmore

Have you ever wondered what college professors actually do? Dan Rockmore, a renowned professor, asked himself and his colleagues this very question. The result? “What Are the Arts and Sciences? A Guide for the Curious” – a captivating book that delves into the depths of various disciplines without overwhelming readers with jargon.

Rockmore’s inspiration for the project came from reading a historical book to his son, Alex. He realized that people, including his own child, often wonder about the daily lives of academics. This book aims to shed light on the fascinating world of Dartmouth professors and their passions.

The book features chapters from 27 different faculty members, each providing insight into their respective fields. From math to history to French, this collection showcases the importance of knowledge in various disciplines. You’ll gain a new appreciation for the liberal arts and develop a hunger for intellectual curiosity.

The contributors, who are both friends and colleagues of Rockmore, share their expertise in an accessible and engaging manner—no footnotes or complex terminology here, just clear and concise explanations that anyone can understand.

Andrea Tarnowski, an associate professor of French and comparative literature, emphasizes learning languages and cultures. It’s not just about memorizing verb declensions; it’s about immersing yourself in a different mindset and broadening your horizons.

Sienna Craig, an associate professor of anthropology, invites readers into the world of sociocultural work. Through her own experiences in the Himalayas, she explores the diverse roles a single health practitioner may assume and their impact on individuals and families.

With so much knowledge to share, Rockmore hopes to bring the contributors together for a symposium to discuss their ideas further. He even envisions every incoming student at Dartmouth receiving a copy of this enlightening book.

“What Are the Arts and Sciences? A Guide for the Curious” is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the world around them. Uncover the secrets of academia and ignite your passion for learning. Order your copy today and embark on a thrilling intellectual journey!