Religious Studies for Business Students

To mark the occasion of my first visit to Rome, I thought I would share the above cartoon. It illustrates one of the practical reasons why something like the study of religion might not be as irrelevant for entrepreneurs as is sometimes claimed. In fact, I had this confirmed to me recently when my colleague [Read More…]

Liberal Arts and Learning How To Learn

I was blown away when Joshua Kim, in a piece he wrote for Inside Higher Ed, answered a question about what is exciting in the future of education, and he answered in terms of the liberal arts. And so I’ve been meaning to share this quote, and a link to the article it is from, for a [Read More…]

Amelia Bedelia and the Sinister Buttocks

Wikipedia has been making headlines again. If you haven’t seen it yet, read the article about how someone as a student edited the Wikipedia entry about Amelia Bedelia as a prank, only to encounter it tweeted as fact years later. The second part of the title of this post comes from an article about the tendency [Read More…]

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Peter Drucker wrote the following more than half a century ago in his book his Landmarks of Tomorrow: Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined. To be able to do this a man must [Read More…]

Religion and Science Fiction on Halloween

Today was the first time that my class on religion and science fiction has met on Halloween, and so I dressed appropriately, and encouraged students to do the same. Few rose to the challenge, as you can see in the photo (the student on the right explained that she was dressed as a muggle). I [Read More…]

Fishing and Critical Thinking

  This graphic, with its variation on the old “give someone a fish” saying, has been making the rounds on Facebook. It gets at a key aspect of liberal arts education, one that is endangered by those voices that suggest that students need little more than training in job skills. Learning how to pursue a [Read More…]

Bryan Bibb on Religious Studies, the Bible, and Liberal Education

Bryan Bibb has uploaded a talk he gave with the title “Why Are You Here? Religious Studies, The Bible, and Liberal Education” to Academia.edu. Those who teach Biblical studies as part of the Liberal Arts and/or their core curriculum, and who navigate the waters between religious studies and theology and between secular education and religious [Read More…]

Why Study Humanities?

This is the answer given by John Horgan in Scientific American to science and engineering students skeptical of their relevance to them: We live in a world increasingly dominated by science. And that’s fine. I became a science writer because I think science is the most exciting, dynamic, consequentialpart of human culture, and I wanted to be [Read More…]

The Humanities by Any Other Name

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Marshall Gregory on Liberal Education

Here’s a lengthy but rich excerpt from an article by my late colleague Marshall Gregory: Excerpt from Marshall Gregory, “Liberal Education vs. Professional Training, or, Liberal Education Knows a Hawk From a Handsaw,” CCTE Studies LXIII (September 1998): 1-16. In my view, a skills curriculum is deeply culpable on at least one front in its [Read More…]