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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Imagination Could Be Your Greatest Tool

Today, we are a technological world. Addicted to the internet and everything it offers. It more or less seems as a “game” or “competition” to see who can receive the most likes and “friends”. Many people are being sucked into this lifestyle and become more depressed from dwindling esteems. The desire to be better than everyone eats away at us until there is nothing left inside leaving us as empty shells. Our draw to the…

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The Challenge of Making the Humanities Relevant

It’s no secret that the humanities are suffering a bit of an image problem. Word on the street is that the humanities do little more than to train future baristas—much to the embarrassment of baristas everywhere. Mind you, these remarks aren’t limited to those outside the humanities. My primary school history teacher once remarked that a history degree is only good if you want to go to law school, teach history or appear on the…

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