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McLellan, Joseph

Senior Instructor
University of Massachusetts Boston
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Undergraduate Studies

Academic Focus


Courses Taught



M.A. - University of Massachusetts/Boston - English
M.A. - University of Massachusetts/Boston - American Civilization
B.A. - University of Massachusetts/Boston - Politics


You are not engaged as much in acquiring knowledge as in making mental efforts under criticism. A certain amount of knowledge you can indeed with average faculties acquire so as to retain; nor need you regret the hours that you have spent on much that is forgotten, for the shadow of lost knowledge at least protects you from many illusions. But you go to a great school not for knowledge so much as for arts and habits; for the habit of attention, for the habit of expression… for the habit of regarding minute points of accuracy, for the habit of working out what is possible in a given time, for taste, for discrimination, for mental courage and mental soberness. Above all, you go to a great school for self-knowledge. --William Johnson Cory (1823-1892), Master at Eton College