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Liberal Arts Education

The Enduring Power of the Humanities

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 03.02.2015 | Education
Laura Skandera Trombley

I've been invited to speak about the "Enduring Power of the Humanities," and while I believe in the topic (with a double major in English and humanities I better) the humanities really best speak for themselves. Yet the humanities have increasingly found themselves under attack.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Struck by the Street Art of Stickers. From the Streets to the Classroom

Christine Henseler | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

You might not have observed what is called "street art stickers" before, but once you do, you'll start seeing them everywhere.

My Taxi Driver Reads Chomsky: Reclaiming the Liberal Arts in South Africa

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 02.25.2015 | College
Ami Fields-Meyer

I think South Africa needs more taxi drivers like Paul, and kids like the ones in Philippi. I think it needs more sociology and international relations majors. Because if you don't know why things are the way they are, it's going to be difficult to push with any impact toward the way they ought to be.

Ideas Into Action

Jonathan Lash | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Jonathan Lash

I was a dreadful student in college. A curriculum based on lectures, reading lists, and examinations didn't work for me. But when I entered the Peace Corps the experience was compelling.

A Better Way to Spend $60 Billion? Expand Pell Grants

Carolyn Ash | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Carolyn Ash

Let's make an even greater investment in the Pell Grant program. And let's eradicate labor market inequalities that reward white high school dropouts with greater access to jobs than black graduates with a community college degree.

On the Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education: Why College Is Better in the U.S.

Betty Revah | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Betty Revah

For me, the opportunity of experiencing a liberal arts education was initially frustrating. But it also meant being allowed -- even encouraged -- to change my major.

The Major Divide: Humanities vs. STEM Majors

Elaina Provencio | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Elaina Provencio

"Oh the humanity!" The popularity of Humanities majors is declining. Recent studies have found that the percentage of students earning degrees in this field is lower than it has been in previous years. What is to blame?

Educators Need to Get Off the Sidelines in Race Debate -- Colleges, Particularly the Liberal Arts, Must Lead

Tuajuanda C. Jordan | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices
Tuajuanda C. Jordan

College campuses have always been grounds for debate and free thought. This is well known: the idea of the college campus as a home for activism is woven into the history of many of America's most important movements for social justice.

It's Hard Being a Liberal Arts Major

Bobby Caruso | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
Bobby Caruso

I'm currently a junior Communication major. I'm concentrating in Journalism, and my minors are in Media and Theatre. If that doesn't say liberal arts, I couldn't tell you what does.

Guess What? This Ain't the Holiday Inn: A Memoir on Adolescent Mental Health

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I consider teaching to be a privilege, and consider myself lucky to have loved my job. Shepherding talents like DeLeo's, witnessing her insight, hard work, growth and self-rescue, there is no greater satisfaction for a teacher than this.

The Day the Music Died

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Even as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes its home in the city of Cleveland, the measure before the board may literally cut the musical heart out of Ohio's public schools.

My Reflections on Returning to India After Completing a Liberal Arts Education

Saanya Gulati | Posted 01.05.2015 | College
Saanya Gulati

The breadth of subjects in the liberal arts education system can end up exposing you to a little bit of everything, but not enough of anything.

Will Hipster Parents Tap Private Liberal Arts Colleges?

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
W. Kent Barnds

Apparently, there is a huge market for craft beer. I needed to learn more. So, I did a little research and discovered a number of sources that claim the craft beer craze is largely fueled by the so-called hipsters.

A Commitment to Making College Accessible to First-Generation College Students

Anne E. Huot | Posted 12.31.2014 | College
Anne E. Huot

As a first-generation college student myself, I can personally attest to the life-changing impact college has had for me, and for many people I have had the privilege to know because of my choice to attend college and further continue my studies.

Developing Leaders, Not Followers

John Petillo | Posted 12.14.2014 | College
John Petillo

How can we place the liberal arts at the center of the university, while also giving our students the training they need to put their valuable knowledge to work following graduation?

The Myth of 'No New Friends'

Anneli Lucia Tostar | Posted 12.13.2014 | College
Anneli Lucia Tostar

Friends with whom I hadn't shared more than a red-cup-infused conversation since freshman year have suddenly begun to crop up in places outside of my Facebook newsfeed.

The Good News of Poetry That Can Win the Day

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Barbara Mossberg

Poetry can keep our spirits resilient and able to sustain us -- literally, for a happy life -- even to live at all.

Mission Is the Core Commitment

Jonathan Lash | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Jonathan Lash

Mission, rather than money, ought to be the basis for thoughtful decision-making as colleges recruit and enroll those students who will most benefit from studying within a school's particular academic model.

Eating Smart at the Cafeteria of Knowledge

Joe Kraus | Posted 11.24.2014 | College
Joe Kraus

As you embark on four years of college, think of the food offered in the cafeteria as a metaphor for your studies. You pay a flat rate -- meal ticket, tuition -- for both, then you can consume whatever you have room for.

Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

Robert Reich | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn't be.

Education and Innovation: Time for a Change

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

What we once took for granted in higher education has been turned on its head. The scrutiny of the liberal arts comes at a time when the economic performance of the United States has been languishing for more than six years.

How to Destroy College Education

Michael Roth | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Many today are calling for us to create a much more vocational style of teaching. They claim that in today's economy we should track students earlier into specific fields for which they seem to have aptitude. This is exactly the opposite of the American tradition of liberal education.

Teagle Promotes Collaborative Humanities Learning at Stanford

Ruth Starkman | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Ruth Starkman

Professor David Lummus's "Italy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," a new "Gateways to the World" course aimed at students interested in studying abroad in Italy.

Beginning the Struggle

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 08.16.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

It takes a novelist to remind us of something that is difficult for us to see from our perspective at the center of our own experience, namely, that our lives follow the curve of a narrative.

We're Number One

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.10.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Every year business-oriented publications like Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Kiplinger's rate college majors. What are the best and worst cours...