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Jacksonville State University: Joseph Knippenberg on “Forgetting or Denying ‘The Good, the True, and the Beautiful'”

March 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Tocqueville Lecture Series at Jacksonville State University, a JMC partner program, held a virtual presentation and Q&A with faculty partner Joseph Knippenberg:

In this lecture, Dr. Knippenberg will discuss the two most prominent contemporary challenges to the liberal education that should be at the core of everyone’s experience of higher education. Both challenges are frequently associated in the minds of many students, even as they’re separated in the minds of the extramural critics of higher education. We’re often told by students and off-campus critics that liberal arts or general education courses are impractical or irrelevant. On that much, they agree. But students also regularly tell us that what they want are courses that enable them to explore and affirm their identities. To be sure, when those courses do so, some of our off-campus critics argue that such courses are un- or anti-American. Dr. Knippenberg shall argue that both lines of argument are inimical to liberal education, which can be defended as a propaedeutic to a worthwhile life of work, citizenship, and genuinely free individuality.

Thursday, March 31, 2022 • 5:30 PM CDT
A virtual event

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Joseph KnippenbergJoseph M. Knippenberg is Professor of Politics at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, GA, where he has taught since 1985. His areas of expertise are 17th and 18th century political philosophy, constitutional law, and liberal education. He is editor (with the late Peter Lawler) of Poets, Princes, and Private Citizens: Literary Alternatives to Postmodern Politics. His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous edited volumes and professional journals, as well as on scholarly websites like lawliberty.org and VoegelinView.com. He currently sits on the Board of the Association for Core Texts and Courses and on the Session at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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The Tocqueville Lecture Series at Jacksonville State University invites scholars, professionals, and civic leaders to present on the ideas of liberty and equality, as they relate to other concepts important in the founding and continuation of American government.

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