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The Malcolm Lester Phi Beta Kappa Lectures on Liberal Arts and Public Life


The Problem with Rules
Essays on the Meaning and Value of Liberal Education John Churchill

There is a constant drumbeat of commentary claiming that STEM subjects—science, technology, engineering, and math—are far more valuable in today’s economy than traditional liberal arts courses such as philosophy or history. Many even claim that the liberal arts are "under siege" by neoliberal... More


Racism in American Public Life
A Call to Action Johnnetta Betsch Cole

For some in our society, diversity is a threat. Others feel society should be more inclusive, if only out of fairness. But as Johnnetta Cole argues in her new book, embracing diversity and inclusiveness is more than a virtuous ideal; it is essential to a healthy, productive society. Focusing on... More