Few things are more rewarding than collaborating with smart people on important issues, and so I’m excited to be part of the group at Liberating Arts. Thanks to a Networking Grant for Christian Scholars (a project of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities), we’ll be leading a series of conversations on the enduring relevance of the liberal arts.
At our web site, you can find the first few conversations, with Karen An-Hwei Lee, Alan Jacobs, Willie Jennings, and Francis Su, along with essays and a list of institutions and groups doing good work along the lines of our project’s themes. This is just the beginning.
If you’re interested in the project, join tonight’s (7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET) kickoff event in partnership with Breaking Ground. “Between Pandemic and Protest: Exploring the Future of the Liberal Arts in Higher Education” promises to be a great discussion about the challenges and opportunities of liberal arts education in the moment.
Know a prospective liberal arts student or parent? Another stakeholder in the liberal arts or higher education, in general? Please feel free to forward this message. We’d love to have them there.
I usually end newsletters with a few links and recommendations. This is a special issue, but I figured I’d go ahead and link to a piece reporting the findings of a recent study. Liberal arts graduates appear to be less inclined toward authoritarianism. Don’t take my word for it. Read it yourself! (See what I did there?)
What questions do you have about liberal arts education? Let me know, and we’ll see if we can’t find a way to work them into upcoming conversations for the project.