Transylvania University is hosting a seminar this week on the future of liberal arts education called "Twenty-First Century Liberal Education: A Contested Concept."
Two free public talks — on Thursday and Saturday — will start at 8 p.m. in Room 102 of the Cowgill Center.
The Transylvania seminar will include 22 faculty participants from schools as far away as Middlebury College in Vermont and Wesleyan Nebraska University. Sessions will run Thursday through Saturday.
"With its historical prominence, Transylvania is the ideal university to continue to host the collaboration of distinguished scholars to examine the sustainability of liberal education in this century," said Laura Bryan, the university's vice president for academic affairs and dean.
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On Thursday, Jeff Freyman, professor emeritus at Transylvania, will speak on "Humanizing the Subject: Thoughts on a Curriculum for Liberal Education in the Twenty-First Century." Freyman taught courses in comparative and international politics from 1980 until he retired in 2014.
On Saturday, Transylvania President Seamus Carey will speak on "Less is More: The Challenge of not Over-Administering the Liberal Arts." Carey came to Transylvania in July 2014 after four years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University. He also was the chairman of Manhattan College's philosophy department.