“Alma, On Her Own Terms” (Alumni POV, November/December) was a lovely article about a member of the Brown community whose contributions included working in the community garden, attending Commencement each spring, and mentoring (at least one) Brown student. Alma is described as a teacher, a storyteller, a lifelong learner, and a role model. The subtitle, however, is confusing. “Wisdom,” it reads, “sometimes comes from the most unlikely source.” I scoured the article for an explanation, and found only one: she did not graduate from Brown and her only experience in higher education was secretarial school. I am tempted to conclude that the message of this article is “even people who lack prestigious degrees can be wise.” But, surely, this is not what was intended!
Elizabeth Bennett ’10