An op-ed in today’s New York Times op-ed “Where the Arts Were Too Liberal” (Michael Goldfarb) left me gasping in a couple of places. Antioch College, famous for its progressive approach to education, was an early education option for Universalist women. (Olympia Brown was a graduate.) After 155 years, it will be closing after the next school year with hopes (high hopes, it seems) of re-opening as a high tech campus later. The official Antioch College website is serenely agnostic about its future. Antioch’s nineteenth century history is why I read the article, but I kept thinking: Where does this sound familiar?
Goldfarb’s review of his alma mater, frankly, reminds me of an intensified version of the Unitarian Universalist Association and that’s why I kept gasping. Reminded me not exactly, but there are certain echoes and the comparative timelines are telling.
The Socinian scooped me to the UU blogosphere, so read at his site or at the New York Times.