As George Santayana and Edmund Burke (among others) have observed, those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it. However, our culture focuses on the modern, the "new and improved." In this day and age, is there a point to looking backward? Why bother studying the etymology of words and the history of language? How can understanding the past help us prepare for (or even shape) the future?
2. Beowulf wrap-up
1. Study vocab
2. Study Beowulf
3. Tweak résumés (due Monday, 9.10)