Roosevelt Montås Lecture
What is the value of a liberal education? Traditionally characterized by a rigorous engagement with the classics of Western thought and literature, this approach to education is all but extinct in American universities, replaced by flexible distribution requirements and ever-narrower academic specialization. Many academics attack the very idea of a Western canon as chauvinistic, while the general public increasingly doubts the value of the humanities. In this lecture based on his book, Rescuing Socrates, Dominican-born American academic Roosevelt Montás will tell the story of how a liberal education transformed his life. He’ll offer an intimate account of the relevance of the Great Books today, especially to members of historically marginalized communities.