More on the Value of a Liberal Arts Education: Fareed Zakaria

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“In his new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, Zakaria writes that America’s success was built on a liberal arts education – on multidisciplinary study for the sake of learning rather than vocational study for the sake of a set career path. Liberal arts subjects – such as English, philosophy and political science – teach people how to think, write and communicate; those skills remain useful through the many twists and turns of a career in today’s ever-changing digital economy, he argues. And, he says, it is dangerous to overemphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education as separate from or more important than the liberal arts.”

Fareed Zakaria on the Liberal Arts

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Long Term Success of Liberal Arts Majors

“New Report Documents That Liberal Arts Disciplines Prepare Graduates for Long-Term Professional Success: Analysis of Census Data Tracks Long-Term Earnings and Employment Rates of Liberal Arts Graduates; Counters Stereotypes about Value of Liberal Education”

Liberal Arts Majors and Professional Success via the Association of American Colleges & Universities

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Dr. Eric Roark Visits YSU

On Thursday, November 19, Dr. Eric Roark of Millikan University spent the day talking with classes about his new book Removing the Commons: A Lockean Left-Libertarianism to the Just Use and Appropriation of Natural Resources.

He also gave a talk on the subject of left-libertarianism that evening to the YSU Philosophy and Religious Studies Club at the MVR. The department would like to thank Dr. Roark for taking the time to share his ideas with us, and we hope to see him back at YSU soon.

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William Deresiewicz’ Excellent Sheep Fall 2014

An excellent talk from the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Eliter & The Way to a Meaningful Life. The book is based on an article that appeared in the American Scholar in 2008. The article and book is a wake-up call for all those that have embraced a neo-liberal view of education.

The following is a talk Dr. Deresiewicz gave at Stanford’s McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society:

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Faith and Family | Harvard Divinity School

Our own Cary Dabney has been featured in an article on the Harvard Divinity School webpage:

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Violence and the Categorizing of Religion

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[From the Religious Freedom Project: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University.]

Violence and the Categorizing of Religion

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Watch Online: Dr. Charles Long

Dr Charles Long from YSU Phil and Rel Studies on Vimeo.

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Shipka Speakers Series Presents: Dr. Charles Long

The Shipka Speakers Series of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will present Professor Charles Long in a lecture entitled American Dilemma: Religion, Race and Democracy” on Tuesday, October 7th, 12:30 p.m., in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. Dr. Long is a former president of the American Academy of Religion and author of numerous publications, including Significations: Signs, Symbols, and Images in the Interpretation of Religion. His presentation will be followed by a reception in the Ohio Room of Kilcawley Center. This event is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 330/941–3448.

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Former Graduate Inducted Into the Peace Corp.

On August 13th, Terry Walters was sworn in as an official Peace Corps Volunteer. The woman, Natalia Matcina in the picture with him is the director of the school he will be working at. The other is the US Ambassador of Moldova, William H. Moser. The woman to his right sitting alone is the Country Director Janet Utecht.

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The swearing in ceremony took place 180 kilometers outside of Moscovei, Moldova where Terry will be teaching, alongbwith his two partner teachers and Natalia for the first day of school on September 1st.

The Department of Philosophy and Religious studies wishes him the best of luck on his new adventure.

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Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. | New Republic

Incredibly interesting and thought-provoking article on an Ivy League education:

“The first thing that college is for is to teach you to think. That doesn’t simply mean developing the mental skills particular to individual disciplines. College is an opportunity to stand outside the world for a few years, between the orthodoxy of your family and the exigencies of career, and contemplate things from a distance.”

Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. | New Republic

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