The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran a long feature on idiosyncratic former Williams professor Mark Taylor. Williams gets relatively scant (but warm) mention:

His pedagogical focus seems of a piece with the small and intimate environment of a New England institution like Williams College, where he taught until 2007 and was the sole professor unattached to any department (it is one small irony that he left the quads of Williams for the research-oriented campus of Columbia). And given his Williams background, with its small class sizes and predilection toward teaching, it isn’t difficult to imagine how nothing could be more an anathema to him than the stereotype of the professor as a claustral Casaubon oblivious to the needs of students.

The piece otherwise emphasizes his fascinating and circuitous scholarly biography and his idiosyncratic and provocative predilections.

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