Jan 28: Examining Liberal Arts Education with Dr. Margarita Mooney
Join the School of Public Policy at the Pepperdine West Los Angeles campus on Monday, January 28, 2019, at 5:30 PM for a thought-provoking lecture entitled, "Can A Liberal Arts Education Survive in the Burnout Culture?" We welcome Dr. Margarita Mooney, an associate professor from Princeton Theological Seminary to host this discussion as she addresses the questions, "What is the purpose of a university?" and "What educational practices support the proper ends of education?"
Universities exist to preserve and expand knowledge, yet an education that is integrated with community life, contemplation, and culture furthers authentic and integral human freedom. Given changes in technology, debates about free speech, concerns about psychological well-being, and desires for diversity and inclusion; professors and administrators face increasing expectations from students, parents, and the larger society to expand their scope of activities well beyond the classroom. The current challenges in higher education may actually be an opportunity to reimagine the classical idea of a university to direct human freedom towards the personal and common good. A return to a classical liberal arts education should be coupled with a transformative model of education that provides students with opportunities to reflect on their identities and commitments and build strong friendships and communities needed for the knowledge acquired to be personally and societally transformative.