Thinking Like a Humanist

“C’mon, Dr. Panza, what is the answer?” Oh, how I dread that question! Still, over the years, I’ve come to expect it – a familiar ritual that plays itself out each semester. At the beginning of every Humanities course I teach, I watch students grimace, shift around uncomfortably in their seats, and impatiently question why I don’t just write up on the board the facts that they think I want them to memorize. I never…

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Challenge I: The Liberal Arts in the 21st Century

In the Installation Address which I delivered on September 20, 2013, I referred to three challenges that I interpret as central to the educational mission of Drury University and that have to be addressed if Drury is to be a singular university of note — the role of the liberal arts in the 21st Century, acquisition of a disposition of life, and the need to ensure a viable university in the face of changing models…

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