Liberal Education, Spring 2002

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Spring2002Vol.88No.2

Annual Meeting: Changing Students in a Changing World

With the new millennium, the focus on public values that drive institutions and empower leaders has become increasingly prominent. Since the macroethics of large social institutions play a major role in public affairs, liberal education is called upon to provide students with opportunities to refine their moral imagination and moral reasoning. What are the public values needed for the modern interdependent world?

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President's Message

By Carol Geary Schneider

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By Bridget Puzon

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By James A. Joseph
With the new millennium, the focus on public values that drive institutions and empower leaders has become increasingly prominent. Since the macroethics of large social institutions play a major role in public affairs, liberal education is called upon to provide students with opportunities to refine their moral imagination and moral reasoning. What are the public values needed for the modern interdependent world?

By Diana Chapman Walsh
An intellectual community is called upon to educate students to become morally sophisticated and to take their moral reasoning capacity into a society with complex pressures. Key questions are explored in an effort to create a space where such learning can happen.

By Benjamin R. Barber
The interdependence that characterizes the contemporary world is undermined by the commercialization and privatization pervading American society with consumerist pressures reaching even into school programs. Now terrorism has dramatically underlined our global interdependence and public responsibilities. In this environment, what is an adequate civic education?

Perspectives

By Helen Scott, Jon Chenette, and Jim Swartz
Students' need to understand and communicate in the new electronic media parallels the necessity to know how to write. Grinnell College set about a long-range project to accomplish that. The description of the steps taken over several years provides a blueprint of collaborative effort and the financial resources to support it.

By Dianne Guenin-Lelle
Internalizing the imperative to address issues of difference, a French professor rethinks an ethnic studies course. A workshop on interdisciplinarity supports the effort. In the last analysis, connecting one's experience to course development was the catalyst to creative learning opportunities for students.

My View

By Molly Smith
The artistic director of Washington's Arena Theater discusses the artist's dedication to pushing against boundaries to create art that resonates with life.

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