Universities are increasingly wanting to appeal to students who look to their study as a training period for future employment. However, this has put traditional liberal arts subjects like philosophy and sociology at risk. What does the future look like for liberal arts education in light of this trend? Doug Becker speaks with Robert E. Williams, Alexandra Monchick, and Michael Theune.

Robert E. Williams is a Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University. He is an expert in human rights and is the co-author of Seeking Security in an Insecure World.

Alexandra Monchick is an Associate Professor of Musicology at California State University, Northridge. She is an expert in twentieth-century opera.

Michael Theune is a Professor of English and University Writing at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is an expert in poetry and is the co-author of We Need to Talk: A New Method for Evaluating Poetry.



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