Art History Professor Michael Lewis has a nice quote in a Boston Globe article on the new student center at UMASS-Boston.

“I suppose students are comfortable with malls, but at a certain scale I think it defeats the purpose of a community building,” said Williams College art department chairman Michael Lewis, who has written about student centers, but had not seen the new UMass building. “In many cases, they’re recruiting objects, meant to be seen in an hour, and to leave an impression.”

If Lewis’s writings on student centers are on-line, I would appreciate a pointer. Of course, the classic example of a “recruiting object” at Williams is the Chapin collection of founding documents. Or has that become a hot spot of undergraduate activity in the last few years? In my era, only the tour guides knew about it . . . ;-)

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