Elizabeth Eastman: "From Shadows on the Wall to the Sun: Liberal Education and the Ascent from the Cave "

The fourth event of the "Community or Disunity?" explores the idea of liberal education as an ascent to the light is from Plato’s Republic. The rising and setting of the sun in the natural world, which brings light and darkness, happens with a degree of regularity and uniformity. As human beings we share this common, daily experience. Plato’s description of emerging from the darkness to the light as a metaphor for liberal education suggests that we detach ourselves from the familiar and engage in questioning to achieve the ends of education. By considering these concepts alongside the Benson Center’s theme of Community or Disunity, this talk will pose questions about what role liberal education plays in building communities and whether questioning disrupts or strengthens our communities.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Law & Politics


Students, Faculty, Alumni, General Public, Parents/Families, Staff

College, School & Unit

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