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What is the importance of liberal arts in the digital age?

An image from the keynote lecture of the Liberal Arts Imperative summit

What’s the impor­tance of a lib­eral arts edu­ca­tion in the 21st cen­tury, in which society is becoming both increas­ingly global and tech­no­log­i­cally advanced? According to Lynn Pas­querella, pres­i­dent of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ican Col­leges & Uni­ver­si­ties, it mat­ters now as much as it ever has.

“But no matter how tech­no­log­i­cally pro­fi­cient one may be, grap­pling with the most fun­da­mental ques­tions of human exis­tence is a human­istic endeavor.” – Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities

Tech­nology is a valu­able tool and some level of tech­no­log­ical com­pe­tence is needed for our grad­u­ates to thrive in today’s world,” Pas­querella said Thursday night at North­eastern. “But no matter how tech­no­log­i­cally pro­fi­cient one may be, grap­pling with the most fun­da­mental ques­tions of human exis­tence is a human­istic endeavor.”

Pas­querella spoke at the opening forum for “The Lib­eral Arts Imper­a­tive in the Dig­ital Age: A Higher Edu­ca­tion Summit,” which is being held at North­eastern, in part­ner­ship with the Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ican Col­leges & Uni­ver­si­ties. The summit, which is Friday, will con­vene leading thinkers on higher edu­ca­tion to explore this propo­si­tion: the lib­eral arts matter more than ever in the 21st cen­tury, and they matter for everyone.

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Published On: October 21, 2016 | Tags: ,
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