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On 21st century American campuses, is there room for Shakespeare, Sartre, and Sondheim? A declining number of students think so -- a trend that worries leaders at many top universities, where engineers often outnumber humanists.

Seeking to reignite interest in the liberal arts, this week Stanford University is welcoming the Class of 2015 with a rich opening volley of literature, film, and philosophy designed to elevate freshmen dreams beyond...

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