Innovation and the Liberal Arts: Guest Post for Hillsdale College

Central Hall, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI Ah, guest posting. It’s something that you’re supposed to do as a blogger. They give you access to new, bigger audiences who are eager to find new authors. Sometimes I find the right outlet difficult. The economics of blogging allows your voice to be so niche and unique that the […]

Data and the Liberal Arts Edge: Discussion with Matt Walje

An increasing number of jobs in industries as diverse as healthcare operations and maritime piracy analysis require quantitative aptitude. The response to prepare for this demand is often an emphasis on STEM over a classical liberal arts education. But what if liberal arts is foundational to good use of data? I speak with Matt Walje, Project […]

Getting Liberal Arts Grads Started with Data (Slides)

It’s that time of year. Students are graduating and entering the cold, scary world of business. My first inclination after graduating from a liberal arts college was to get the heck back to school — and I returned to graduate school. While helpful, that extra schooling still wasn’t enough. No, I was still pretty clueless […]

Is Data Science a Liberal Art?

Are you a liberal arts student looking to get started with data? Check out my course on Microsoft Excel for job seekers. Get started now.  In the sense that all science is a liberal art, yes. This week I read a great piece by Adam Weinberg, the president of Denison University, on his school’s initiatives […]

How Learning Microsoft Excel Has Made Me Happier

I have been reading Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace by Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick, a guide to staying relevant — and happy — in today’s workplace. It’s well known how many people feel disengaged at work. The authors present the usual statistics on employee engagement, but also provide a career plan for avoiding it. The good […]