CCA III: The Liberal Arts and Education Today

January 31 – February 3, 2021

“What spectacle can be more edifying,” James Madison wrote in 1822, “than that of liberty and learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?” It was long and widely understood in America that a certain kind of education is essential to the maintenance of a free society. It is less well understood today, and we are seeing the consequences. This third CCA of the 2020-2021 academic year will consider liberal arts education, its relationship to liberty, and American education today from an interdisciplinary perspective.


“History and the Liberal Arts”
E. Christian Kopff
University of Colorado

“Freedom and Education”
Roger Kimball
The New Criterion

“Why Literature Matters”
Glenn C. Arbery
Wyoming Catholic College

“Faith, Reason, and Education”
Robert R. Reilly
Author, The Closing of the Muslim Mind

“The Importance of the Liberal Arts:A Physician’s View”
Richard B. Gunderman
Indiana University

“Political Correctness and Higher Education”
Darel E. Paul
Williams College