What is the value of a liberal arts education in the professional world? Nicholas Lemann, dean, and Henry R. Luce Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, has explored the correlation between professional and liberal arts education.
He will offer a lecture titled, "What Should You Learn in College?" at 3:30 p.m. on Monday March 14, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre.
The lecture, part of Cazenovia College's "Reisman Lecture Series," is free and open to the public. Lemann will deliver an important message for educators, for current college students and people who contemplate a college education followed by a successful career.
In a 2004 article, "Liberal Education & Professionals," written for Association of American Colleges and Universities, Lemann wrote that "liberal education is best defined with its most literal meaning: It is education that liberates, that frees the mind from the constraints of a particular moment and set of circumstances."
"The essential paradox, or one might even say the miracle of liberal education," Lemann wrote, "is that by being evidently impractical, it equips a student for life far more richly and completely, and across a far wider expanse of time and space, than does education whose sole aim is to be useful."
The Reisman Lecture Series is made possible through a gift from the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, which is committed to using its resources to enhance the quality of living throughout Central New York through the support of local organizations.