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Crisis in the Liberal Arts?

What is the value of a traditional liberal arts education in a rapidly changing society? Dartmouth, known for the strength of its liberal arts program, will offer a two-day conference on this question November 6-7.

"The Liberal Education: Dead or Alive?" will examine U.S. higher education today; the liberal arts, past and present; liberal education across disciplines; and renovating liberal education for the future. Raimond Gaita of King's College in London is the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Tony Kushner, playwright; Louis Menand, Harvard and The New Yorker; Freeman Dyson and Stan Katz, Princeton; Philip Fisher and Elaine Scarry, Harvard; Marcelo Gleiser, Dartmouth; and Gene Likens, Flagler Cary Arboretum.

"This conference is being held as a matter of urgency," says Jonathan Crewe, professor of English and director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth, which is sponsoring the conference.

The conference is free and open to the public. Further information is available at www.dartmouth.edu/~lhc/liberal-education/.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08