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Prof. Lesley Sharp comments on a "troubling trend" in higher education

USA Today published a piece by Anthropology Professor Lesley Sharp on a "troubling trend" in higher eduction.  An excerpt:  "I was shocked and dismayed by USA TODAY's front-page article 'More schools vary tuition by major.' It opens with the troubling statement, 'Having a hard major is getting more expensive,' and it flags 'math, science and business programs' as exemplary of 'hard' fields of study. I could only shake my head in dismay. If 'hard' means 'difficult,' such an assessment most certainly varies according to individual students' abilities and tastes."

Read the full piece here.

Prof. Sharp is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Anthropology at Barnard and a Senior Research Scientist in Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

A medical anthropologist by training, Prof. Sharp is most concerned with critical analyses of the symbolics of the human body, where her research sites range from cosmopolitan medical centers within the United States to urban centers in sub-Saharan Africa. From 1986 until 1995, her work as an Africanist was based in a polycultural plantation community of northwest Madagascar, where initial research addressed spirit mediumship and the gendered nature of healing. She later returned to the same site in the mid 1990s to examine other forms of affliction, most notably the effects of the state's short-lived socialist project in shaping the historical and political consciousness of Malagasy school youth. Prof. Sharp is the recipient of four separate teaching awards, two of which were bestowed on her by Barnard.