Four core obligations of liberal arts educators in a “time of war”

May 6, 2016

“Excuse me for interrupting the third year of superheated committee meetings,” writes Robert Weisbuch for Inside Higher Ed, “but has anyone noticed we are at war?” Weisbuch argues that all liberal arts educators and “advocates of reason” must stand up to the forces of “fundamentalist dogmas” that have been attacking both academia and rational society at large. In order to fight these attacking forces, Weisbuch recommends that liberal arts educators fulfill four core obligations: resist the temptation to shut off reason, maintain the university campus as a place of debate, expand the liberal arts perspective, and turn the focus of liberal arts scholarship more toward public life. Inside Higher Ed