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Books and a Balance

St. John’s College is dedicated to a strange idea—that education is for the sake of freedom. Our motto promises to “make free human beings out of children by means of books and a balance.” As the oldest Great Books school in the US, we’ve been working at this for a while. So what is a liberal education? What is its future? And what do books—and conversations about them—have to do with freedom and the life of the mind? Through conversations with a range of guests, we explore the meaning of liberal education, its power in the lives of individuals, and the economic, political, and cultural pressures it faces. Feedback and questions welcome at [email protected]

info_outline Arnold Weinstein on The Lives of Literature 05/24/2022
info_outline James Hankins on Intellectual Freedom in Medieval Universities—and Today’s 03/14/2022
info_outline Brian Rosenberg on How the Humanities End—and Might Be Saved with Brendan Boyle 02/21/2022
info_outline Roosevelt Montás on Rescuing Socrates with Brendan Boyle 12/15/2021
info_outline Daniel Harrell on Freedom, Death, and Liberal Education with Brendan Boyle 10/29/2021
info_outline Zena Hitz on Thinking, Technology, and the Limits of Being Human with David McDonald 10/06/2021