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Contentious debate over the benefits—or drawbacks—of a liberal education is as old as America itself.
An anachronism for all but the entitled few—or essential for developing the kind of innovation, critical thought and creative potential upon which our nation is founded? Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University, makes the case for the great American tradition of humanistic education to New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni.
There will be a bookselling and booksigning of Michael Roth’s book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters following the event.
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Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University and the author of five books of intellectual history, most recently Memory, Trauma and History. A professor in history and the humanities, he teaches at Wesleyan and reaches many thousands more through his open online Coursera course, The Modern and the Post-Modern. His latest book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, makes the case for liberal education in America—"broadly based, self-critical and yet pragmatic" learning that encourages independent thinking, empathy and understanding.
Frank Bruni, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995. Over his years at The Times he has worn a wide variety of hats, including chief restaurant critic (from June 2004 through August 2009) and Rome bureau chief (2002 to 2004).
He has also written two New York Times bestsellers: a memoir, Born Round, and Ambling Into History, a chronicle of George W. Bush's campaign for the presidency.
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