Who goes to college hoping to be shaped into a widget in order to fit, immediately, mechanically, and forever, into a widget-shaped slot in some machine somewhere? What are the limits and the dangers of a strictly practical approach to defining the value in higher education?
Phi Beta Kappa Secretary John Churchill will address these concerns in “Saving America from Efficiency: The Primacy of Meaning in Higher Education” as the third annual Cardinal Newman Lecture at Manhattan College.
The lecture will take place Wednesday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. in Hayden 100 on the Manhattan College campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The Cardinal Newman Lecture was launched in 2010 to celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification, which occurred on September 19, 2010, in Birmingham, England, at a ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI. The goal of the lecture series is to reaffirm the significance of the liberal arts as the core of undergraduate education. Cardinal Newman’s The Idea of a University stressed the central place of the liberal arts in the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as education in the professions.
Manhattan College is one of 280 institutions in the United States with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
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