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Liberal Education for the 21st Century?

The college's 50th Anniversary Committee wraps up its yearlong celebration by sponsoring a series of open student forums to encourage participation in the national conversation about the future of liberal learning and public education:

  • What are the goals and future of liberal education?
  • Is the modern university different from any other corporation?
  • Have we seen the “Last Professor” in the humanities?
  • Does liberal education matter in today’s society?

Times and locations

Undergraduate Student Forum
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Reavis Hall 211

Graduate Student Forum
Thursday, April 8, 2010
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Founders Library Staff Lounge

Honors Program Student Forum
Tuesday April 13, 2010
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Honors Lounge in Douglas Hall
Featured Panelists: David Hansell, David Thomas, Natalie Farmer, Winnie Okafor, Julie Edmunds

Sample Readings of Interest

The Humanities Really Do Produce a Profit 
Robert N. Watson, Chronicle of Higher Education

The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities
Frank Donoghue, Fordham University Press

The Last Professor
Stanley Fish, New York Times

Last Things: On the First and 'Last' Professor
James V. Schall, S.J., First Principles Journal

Saving the Life of the Mind
Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Education