Academic Questions

Liberal Arts

May 31, 2019

The Liberal Arts as Magic and as Paradox

John Agresto

John Agresto tells us that today’s liberal arts critics are wrong to discard the past, to teach that the best that has been said or written can only burden us with “old ideas and antique p...

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June 22, 2017

Toward an American Liberal Education

John Agresto

In the Summer 2017 Academic Questions (vol. 30, no. 2), John Agresto argues the usefulness and value of a liberal education in twenty-first century America.

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December 1, 2016

Radicalism’s Yield: Politics and the Illiberal Academy

Mark Zunac

In the Winter 2016 Academic Questions (vol. 29, no. 4), Mark Zunac discusses the evolution of liberal arts from a field encouraging inquiry to today's ideological sounding boar...

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June 4, 2015

The Liberal Arts as Conversation

Jack Kerwick

Philosophy professor Jack Kerwick writes that the purpose of education is not traditionalism, careerism, or activism, but what he calls "conversationalism."

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August 11, 2014

Acknowledging Things of Darkness: Postcolonial Criticism of The Tempest

Duke Pesta

In the Fall 2014 issue of Academic Questions, Duke Pesta, associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, writes on the limitations of postcolional criticism.

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January 11, 2012

The Liberal Arts Bubble

John Agresto

John Agresto writes that the bubble before the bubble is the collapse of the liberal arts among student majors today. This article appeared in the winter 2011 issue of Academic Questions (vol. 24...

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