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Between Pandemic and Protest

The future of the liberal arts in higher education.

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The Liberating Arts
Breaking Ground

COVID-19 has been apocalyptic for higher education, presenting a cliff made still taller by a powerful protest movement. Both events have intensified pressures long squeezing the survival of the liberal arts as a viable educational model, highlighting both the urgency and the elusiveness of moral formation in a twenty-first century education. How might those invested in preserving the liberal arts proceed? Might this year in all its drama present a tipping point for good?

On Monday, October 5, we hosted a roundtable conversation on the enduring value of the liberal arts, particularly as we consider our society beyond 2020. Featuring Jessica Hooten Wilson, Francis Su, and Jeff Bilbro, the discussion was moderated by David Henreckson and Anne Snyder.


Jessica Hooten Wilson
Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence, University of Dallas
Francis Su
Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College
Jeffrey Bilbro
Associate Professor of English, Editor-in-Chief of Front Porch Republic
David Henreckson
Director, Institute for Leadership and Service, Valparaiso University
Anne Snyder
Editor-in-Chief of Breaking Ground and Comment Magazine