Faculty-Trustee Book Discussion

Monday, August 13, 2012 (Around 2 years ago)

Faculty-Trustee Book Discussion, September 19, Board Room, 3:30-5:00. Interested faculty are cordially invited to an informal discussion of Andrew Delbanco’s terrific College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be (Princeton, 2012), co-hosted and facilitated by Greg Kaster (History) and Gustavus Trustees John Hallberg (Chair of the Board’s Institutional Advancement Committee) and Jan Michaletz. Delbanco, Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and the Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia, has written a brief, engaging, and inspiriting history of the liberal arts institution in the United States and a vigorous response to the questions “What Is College For? (ch. 1) and “What Is to Be Done?” (the final ch.). Refreshingly, Delbanco steers clear of both hyperbole and gloom.

This discussion is a welcome opportunity for faculty and trustees to reflect together on the challenges Gustavus faces along with other liberal arts institutions and the implications for and applicability to Gustavus of Delbanco’s ideas.

Space is limited and seats will be reserved for the first 25 faculty who RSVP by September 5 to GREG KASTER (gkaster@gustavus.edu). Wine and cheese will be provided, and there will be an opportunity following the discussion (c. 5:00-5:30) to converse informally with Jan, John, and any other trustees who can join us. Ideally a cross-section of the faculty will participate. Please feel free to RSVP “YES” even if you cannot come until 4:00 and must leave by 5:00. Hope to see you there!

Note: Because Kendall Center funds are limited, those interested in participating are kindly asked to purchase their own copy of the book, available from Amazon for as low as $15.04 and 9.48 for the Kindle edition.

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