Liberal Arts Leaders Speak on Campus
Two nationally prominent liberal arts leaders recently visited Transylvania as part of political science professor Jeff Freyman’s Bingham-Young Professorship on liberal education.
Carol Geary Schneider is president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (Transylvania is a member), which is dedicated to advancing the cause of undergraduate liberal education for all students regardless of their intended career paths. More than 1,100 colleges and universities belong to the AACU, ranging from liberal arts colleges such as Amherst College and Williams College to large, comprehensive schools such as Columbia University and Michigan State University.
Schneider met with faculty members to discuss the topic “Can Liberal Education Outcomes be Measured?” and talked about “Liberal Education and Leadership” with student leaders. She gave an evening address to the campus community and general public on “Liberal Education and America’s Promise.”
Eva Brann is a senior faculty member at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she served as dean from 1990-97. St. John’s is known for its unique “great books” curriculum in which there are no majors or departments and all students follow the same program, which consists of reading, studying, and discussing the most important books of the Western tradition.
Brann discussed the purpose of the liberal arts college and reason and emotion in human nature in two presentations during the day, then addressed the campus community and general public in an evening address titled “Dangers to Liberal Education.”