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Liberal Education

Invest in the Humanities Now

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Countries actively crushing free speech are introducing Western-style liberal arts education in their universities. Ironic, yes! More importantly, however, we should ask ourselves why we think the humanities are irrelevant when others are so interested.

The Liberal Arts Are Alive and Well in Washington State

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Working with educators across the state of Washington, I've helped to create an organization that many might consider an anachronism, a relic from a f...

Conformity Is the Enemy: From Groupthink to Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Conformity, whether rationalized or simply imposed, undermines our government, our press, and our educational systems. We've had to learn some hard lessons about this in the last 10 years. Surely one of them is that we must defend diversity as a tool for innovation and for responsible decision-making.

Stanford University's Teagle Humanities Courses Promote Collaborative Faculty Graduate Teaching

Ruth Starkman | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Ruth Starkman

Throughout 2012-2013, Stanford faculty and graduate students have been offering a series of eight team-taught courses that will help prepare grads for careers as liberal arts educators.

A Chain of Memory

Susan Henking | Posted 03.13.2013 | College
Susan Henking

Here, then, is our question: is the idea that we can reach across generations to enable a conversation between those long dead and living thinkers fiction, too? Is it fantasy?

What Is the Value of Liberal Education?

Richard Morrill | Posted 01.06.2013 | College
Richard Morrill

Only when we see and hear people who are now in medicine, finance, film making, technology, and public service, who continue to find lasting significance in their liberal arts education, will we come to understand where true value lies.

Thinking About Education With Washington and Du Bois

Michael Roth | Posted 10.03.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Sure, we have to pay attention to what our graduates will do with their education, and we must give them the skills to translate what they learn in classrooms to their lives after graduation. But we shouldn't reduce our understanding of "their lives after graduation" to their very first job.

Jane Addams, Education and the 'Snare of Preparation'

Michael Roth | Posted 09.10.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Liberal education today should prepare students for life, and many colleges have been increasingly focused on doing a better job of helping them transition from campus to life after graduation.

Learning and Independence: Examples for the Fourth

Michael Roth | Posted 09.03.2012 | College
Michael Roth

I've been so impressed by the consistent links between education and freedom that run through American intellectual history. As we celebrate America's birthday, let me share just two.

In Liberal Education, a Cover-Up Worse than the Crime

Jim Sleeper | Posted 08.15.2012 | College
Jim Sleeper

Yale asserts that there's no fire in its Singapore venture, but, if that's true, why say so much that's false? In an undertaking as fragile as liberal education, the cover-up can be worse than the crime.

Education Unplugged: Learning Through Conversation

Michael Roth | Posted 06.23.2012 | College
Michael Roth

One of the wonderful things about teaching through conversation is that we get to help our students unplug from the inputs they have customized to reinforce their own tastes, expectations and identities.

Now That You've Been Accepted: How to Choose Your University

Michael Roth | Posted 06.08.2012 | College
Michael Roth

The thousands of students traveling with their families across the country this month will go to classes and athletic contests, musical performances and parties. And they will ask themselves: Can I see myself as part of this community? Would I be happy here?

A Small But Solid Victory for Liberal Education

Jim Sleeper | Posted 06.06.2012 | College
Jim Sleeper

The Yale-NUS college train has left the station, according to this spin, and while some dissidents may have hoped to derail it by dancing a dance of protest, those who understand how the world really works will now get on with doing that work.

The Showdown Over Liberal Education at Yale

Jim Sleeper | Posted 06.04.2012 | College
Jim Sleeper

The very survival of the new global economy and public sphere depends on colleges like Yale standing somewhat apart from "the arts and sciences of career management" that markets and states have insinuated increasingly into their training at places like Yale.

Politics as Usual: Decoding the Attacks on a Liberal Education

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 02.26.2012 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

Few university courses generate much attention from mainstream media, but Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson's course "The Sociology of Hip-Hop: Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z" has drawn national attention.

A Liberal Education: Preparation for Career Success

A.G. Lafley | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business
A.G. Lafley

As a former CEO with more than 30 years in management, I can offer the following advice: pursue a liberal arts education. For most people, it's the best foundation for a successful career.

Midnight in America: Renewing the Pantheon

Michael Roth | Posted 08.16.2011 | College
Michael Roth

I am hopeful that those who will shape the future will also have cultivated the ability to renew the pantheon of great work from the past -- to travel through different times and places to renew the possibilities for alternative futures.

Good and Risky: The Promise of a Liberal Education

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

The rise of inter-disciplinarity has not diminished the hyper-specialization in the academy, and the resultant pursuit of status through esoteric language has deepened the gulf between humanists and the public.

Coming to the Defense of Liberal Education

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

Patient and persistent critical inquiry has never been as crucial as it is in these uncertain economic times, and the development of this capacity is one of the defining features of a liberal education.

Freeman Foundation Scholars: Liberal Arts from an Asian Perspective

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

While we in the U.S. debate the merits of investing in education as part of a short-term stimulus package, it is instructive to see how much value Asian students attribute to an American education.

What's a Liberal Arts Education Good For?

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

A quick look at several members of President-elect Obama's leadership team can stand as an example of how those with a liberal arts education are shaping the future of our society.

You Aren't Just Losing Teachers

Jonah Lalas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonah Lalas

I came to college obsessed with creating the perfect resume to get into law school and get that six figure salary job. It was the leftist professors who challenged me to question my view of the world.

Colleges Change As Liberal Professors Retire

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Michael Olneck was standing, arms linked with other protesters, singing "We Shall Not Be Moved" in front of Columbia University's library in 1968...