Butler University Resources
Gregory, Marshall, A Liberal
Education is Not a Luxury . Published in The Chronicle
of Higher Education, 9/12-03. ( PDF )
A Radical Criticism of the Platonic Foundation of Liberal Education
(or, "The soul wants what it wants") . Published by
the Association of American Colleges, Liberal Education, 1983, Vol.
69/Number 1. ( PDF )
Introductory Courses, Student Ethos, and Living the Life of the
Mind . Published in College Teaching, Vol. 45/Number
2, Spring 1997. ( PDF )
Gregory, Marshall, Why Are
Liberal Education's Friends of So Little Help? .
Published by the Association of American Colleges, Liberal
Education, Spring 2005. ( PDF )
Kanis, Ed, Liberal arts-educated
individuals offer a range of talent to a fast changing
workplace . This piece was prepared for Dr. Robert
Gervasi, dean of McKendree College (Kentucky campuses) and ran in
Business First, June 4, 1999.
Kanis, Ed, The Value of Liberal
Arts . This piece was prepared for Dr. Joseph McGowan,
president of Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY), and ran in
various Kentucky daily newspapers, August 1998.
McGowan, Richard J., Teaching Business
Ethics . Published in Fulfilling Our Obligation:
Perspectives on teaching business ethics, 2005, Kennesaw State
McGowan, Richard J., The Three Cultures and
Children's Television . Published in The Lion and the
Unicorn 11.2, October 1987, The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Morrel, Judith and Michael Zimmerman Liberal Arts
Matters at Butler University: An Experiment in Institutional
Transformation . Published in Peer Review, Vol. 10,
No. 4, Fall 2008
Valliere, Paul, The First Last Lecture . A
lecture presented by Dr. Valliere to the LAS faculty and Board of
Visitors on May 4, 1999.
Zimmerman, Michael, Learning how to think has never
been worth more . Published in the Oshkosh
C.S. Lewis on Liberal Arts Education . Dunn,
previously the Director of Publications at the Acton Institute for
the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Michigan,
addresses the question, "what good are the liberal arts?"
Fadiman, Clifton, The
Lifetime Reading Plan , (3rd edition, 1988). A liberal
education reading list offered by Fadiman, writer, critic, editor,
and moderator of the top-10 radio hit "Information Please" from
1938 to 1952.
Learning is Not Fun: Reflections on the Liberal Arts and
Living Your Best Life . This essay was written for
first-year students in a 3-credit course introducing the liberal
arts and the Personal Development Portfolio program at Bridgewater
College in Bridgewater, Virginia.
Parker, Jo Ellen, What's So "Liberal" About Higher
Ed? An essay asking the question, "Are new digital
technologies compatible with the aims and traditions of "liberal
Schneider, Carol Geary, and Humphreys, Debra,
Putting Liberal Education on the Radar Screen
. Schneider is the president and Humphreys is the vice president
for communications and public affairs at the Association of
American Colleges and Universities.
Standler, Ronald B., Why Attend
College? (2001). A personal response to this question,
including the statement expressing the belief that "Education is
about learning to think - learning different ways to analyze a
problem and find a solution."
Association of American
Colleges and Universities : the home page of an
organization that bills itself as "A voice and a force for liberal
education in the 21 st century. See especially their
LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) campaign.
Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College : the
home page for a Center that defines its mission as "to explore,
test, and promote liberal arts education."
Grinnell College : a nice statement about the
value of a liberal arts education with some useful links.