Liberal Education, Summer 2004

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Cultural Studies and General Education

The summer issue of Liberal Education explores the field of cultural studies and its impact on the undergraduate general education curriculum. Additional essays address whether we need an Academic Bill of Rights, ways to infuse elements of civic engagement into the curriculum, and the Quality in Higher Education (QUE) project for reforming undergraduate education.

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By Peter N. Stearns
Undergraduate education has not kept pace with knowledge about the role of culture in shaping human and social behavior. Many professional and even liberal arts majors emerge from general education programs unsure about the "nurture" part of the nature-nurture equation--simply ignorant of or inadequately confronted with the challenging issues associated with cultural construction. The deficiencies can and should be repaired, but some real innovations are essential to the process.

By Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg and Donna Greenberg
A few years into the new millennium, following the disastrous events marking the autumn of its first year, the global media sounds an increasingly urgent alarm about the widening cracks in the global "order," describing divisions of race, religion, nation, gender, politics, and worldview that mar the promise (perhaps naive, yet once powerful nonetheless) signified in the term "global village."

By Paul Smith
We seem to be living in a moment in the United States when there's some profit to be had from casting cultural beliefs, values, and knowledges into strictly oppositional frames. So, even though I believe we are all right now suffering from some dire consequences of that habit, let me begin, almost in mimicry, to address the issue of cultural analysis by way of a kind of Manichean scenario.


By Guy E. Snavely
The experience of a recently ended war on a world scale and the intimations of future conflict impel the then-president of the Association of American Colleges to reflect on war's toll and the will to peace. He sees higher education as a means of working for peace.

By Thomas Ehrlich and Anne Colby
Do we need an Academic Bill of Rights?

By Garon C. Smith
A chemistry professor at a research university tells how he structures a course for both student learning and contributing to the local community so that the university fills its role as a good neighbor. Stimulating civic engagement among students fulfills the mission of the institution and the department's needs.

By Susan Albertine and Ronald J. Henry
Quality in Higher Education (QUE) joined twenty-one two- and four-year colleges and universities in four states in a project for reforming the undergraduate curriculum. After five years, with evidence of progress, the project offers useful lessons about the process, production, and assessment of effective curricula.

My View

By Mary B. Marcy
A tribute to John Rawls and Richard Neustadt, two eminent political scientists and models of liberal education, is given both for their ideas and the impact they had on their field and in personal memories of them.

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