Academic Questions

Liberal Education

December 14, 2020

Eva Brann’s Dialogue

Elizabeth C'de Baca Eastman

One of the great liberal educators of our time and a National Humanities Medal recipient, Eva Brann is a tireless scholar and mentor whose work “stands out because it draws on the foundation tha...

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December 14, 2020

Restoration of Academic Identity: On Truth and Responsibility

Micah Sadigh

Preparing the mind for meaningful discovery—precisely what liberal education is charged with doing—has been superseded in colleges and universities by the values of “management.̶...

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December 14, 2020

Irving Howe: A Leftism of Reason

Fred Siegel

A central figure in that group known colloquially as the “New York intellectuals” and the founding editor of Dissent, Irving Howe stubbornly maintained his commitment to Enlightenment valu...

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March 23, 2020

Undergraduate Education and the Maturation of Students

Craig Evan Klafter

The purpose of liberal arts education was once conceived as the social and intellectual maturation of students. But with the importation of “Humboldtian” distribution requirements in the n...

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September 3, 2019

Liberal Education and Its Postmodern Critics

Stephen R.C. Hicks

In the final entry of our “Incapacity” feature, Stephen Hicks argues that supporters of liberal education must wrest control of our schools back from postmodernists who, in their rejection...

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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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June 24, 2013

Humanists in High Dudgeon: The CFR-ALSCW Standoff

John Agresto

It's time to remember that the liberal arts "are not simply of personal benefit or esoteric private enjoyment but are and have always been of inestimable value to society."

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February 20, 2009

An Education Lived

David Steiner

This article, a vivid autobiography chronicling Steiner's early years and road to Oxford, was published in the "Liberal Education and the Family" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 22, no.1...

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