On Reading and Misreading, Faith and Reason

A few months ago I picked up the French Philosopher Luc Ferry’s recent A Brief History of Thought: a philosophical guide to living. Ferry is a professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, and was for a couple of years the French Minister of National Education. He is an important figure in French intellectual […]

Business Education and the Liberal Arts

Just this month in the courier-journal, Daniel Sullivan, President Emeritus of St. Lawrence University, summarized some recent thinking and research on business education and what is most needed. He noted that the skills business people need are gained in the traditional liberal arts, and not in specialized business programs. These kinds of skills are, as […]

Are the Classics Enough?

I am throwing down the gauntlet. That’s a medieval custom—the knight throws down his armored glove in a challenge; his adversary picks it up accepting the challenge. My colleagues, Drs. Pam and Marshall Johnston (who both recently received the Nickel Excellence in Teaching Award at FPU—well deserved!) have been so successful in building our history […]

Humanities in the National News

Students are on campus these days choosing their majors and registering for classes.  We had our biggest single day of early registration last month—about 110. Students are justifiably nervous about getting classes given the news from colleges all over the state.  Some schools are admitting fewer students (we are admitting more), and cutting class sections […]

Universities and the Liberal Arts Too

A second installment of thoughts about the present state of the liberal arts in our educational setting.  The Chronicle of Higher Educationreleased a series of articles called “The New Liberal Arts” on March 5.  Now seems an appropriate time to discuss this issue further.  Let me summarize what I wrote a week ago. Here it […]

Universities and the Liberal Arts

It used to be that a university like Fresno Pacific might describe itself as a “liberal arts” college.  This seemed to be understood and respected.  And it still is in some places and among some people.  There are many good liberal arts schools around, and they produce very fine graduates, who are proportionally more influential […]