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Tuesday, July 12 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The State of the Universities

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Is the recent unrest on many campuses a symptom of a deeper illness? The heart of Anglo-American university education has long been the liberal arts. A ͞liberal͟ education is one that teaches logical and critical thinking and expands the context of knowledge of the student, in addition to developing expertise in a focused area. Can liberal education survive in a post-modernist era?

In this talk, Stephen Hicks will discuss the bases of the current crisis, including (1) a decline in K-12 education, (2) the increased federal- and state-level politicization and bureaucratization of higher education, and (3) a network of closely related prevailing philosophies. And he will offer a judgment call about how it will play out.

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Stephen Hicks

Professor of Philosophy, Rockford University
Stephen Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College and executive director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship there. His works include “Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics,” Nietzsche and the Nazis, and Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socia... Read More →

Tuesday July 12, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am PDT
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas