Liberal Learning

What Villanova should be famous for is its well-funded and brilliantly staffed ”great books” gen-ed alternative program and a real surge in “great books” humanities majors. The program really does has a Christian/Augustinian focus without in any...
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Thucydides' account of the twenty-seven-year war between Athens and Sparta is filled with timeless questions about human conflict: When are aggression and vengeance justified? Can peace ever truly be secured by war? How does war affect the integrity of language...
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"If the changes that we fear be thus irresistible, what remains but to acquiesce with silence, as in the other insurmountable distresses of humanity? It remains that we retard what we cannot repel,...

Convocation speeches do not always come as naturally to me as you might expect of someone who has been delivering them for more than twenty years as a college president. A few years ago, I was having...

You asked me to speak about "Intellect and Intuition," an enormous topic and yet an intimate one--enormous because the title encompasses the two most distinctively human activities, and intimate because I have, after all, no way to come...

So I’ve written an article* for Yuval’s National Affairs that’s all about sustaining truly higher education in America through deploying libertarian means to achieve non-libertarian ends. There’s a sense in which all libertarians are for that, of...
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Today, the same day on which you cease to be transient members of the College, is the day on which you join us as its permanent members. Our polity provides for it to be so,...

I’m giving some comments in Boston in response to a great essay by Delba Winthrop and Harvey Mansfield entitled “Tocqueville’s Machiavellianism.” I have no idea how open it is to the public or whether...

Like many of my generation (Baby Boomers) I am something of a late adopter when it comes to certain technologies. I have owned an iPad for several years now, which I use mainly to receive and send...

  “It is imagination that governs the human race.” No professor of literature wrote those words: that is an aphorism of the master of...
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Thus says the Lord: Do not learn the ways of the nations, and have no fear of the signs of the heavens, even though the nations fear them. For the carvings of the nations are nonentities, wood cut from the forest, fashioned by artisans with the adze,...
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For at least three decades now I've talked about liberal education in public, but I can say in my own favor that I've done it—at least done it lately—with a somewhat bad conscience. That bad conscience comes...

Who loves employee codes of conduct? Given how sprawling and lawyerly many of them are, who can even read them? If you're a boss who is thinking of scrapping yours and embracing one that reflects the values...
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Rarely do opinion pieces in college newspapers emerge as subjects of national controversy, but a recent essay by Harvard student Sandra Y.L. Korn has generated widespread denunciation among conservatives. Her essay—entitled “The Doctrine of Academic Freedom"*—argues for...