Washington University, St. Louis

Liberal Arts Education: What’s the Point?

April 16, 2019 at7:00pm /Graham Chapel

Robert George & Cornel West in Conversation

Washington University, St. Louis

Liberal Arts Education: What’s the Point? Robert P. George and Cornel West in Conversation

April 16, 2019 at 7:00pm

Graham Chapel

Reception to follow in Umrath Lounge

In a time of sharp political and religious polarization, it’s fair to ask what the role of our country’s universities and colleges should be. How can educators respond to the crises of our time? What norms and tools best equip students to flourish in the world they will inherit and to be empowered to improve it? Is there even a point to a liberal arts education anymore?

Professors Robert George and Cornel West have spent years pondering, debating, and conversing about these questions. George is a conservative legal scholar and traditionalist Roman Catholic and West is a democratic socialist philosopher in the progressive Christian tradition. Two distinguished and widely celebrated intellectuals—and friends—they frequently discuss the importance of building trust, developing bonds despite political and religious differences, and holding one another accountable—urgent work that both strongly believe is at the heart of liberal arts education.

Join us for this critical conversation about the value of an education grounded in academic freedom that challenges people of diverse political persuasions to forge understanding and greater connection across differences.

There will be time for audience Q&A and a reception for all in Umrath Lounge immediately following the lecture. Please check this website on the day of the event for any updates.

This event is free and open to all.

RSVP to rap@wustl.edu or (314) 935-9345 to allow us to update you with event information and to send parking information.


Robert P. George

Professor of Jurisprudence and Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

Princeton University

Cornel West

Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University

Washington University, St. Louis