Liberal Education in the 21st Century

An exclusive lecture by Andrew Kern


Andrew Kern

What is ‘liberal education’? What distinguishes it from vocational education, and even programs of study adopted in many modern liberal arts programs? Can an education focused on ‘knowledge for its own sake’ rather than for professional pursuits and industry careers, hold appeal among current and future generations of scholars? And why is there a resurgence in liberal education movements in the West, in an era where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) reigns supreme and artificial intelligence holds promise to do our thinking for us?

For our third Ramsay Lecture for 2024, the Ramsay Centre is pleased to present an in-person lecture by classical education expert Andrew Kern (founder and president of the CiRCE Institute in the US, Center for Independent Research on Classical Education) titled: Liberal Education in the 21st Century.

In his lecture, Andrew Kern explores the challenges and opportunities facing the liberal arts, not only in the US, but around the world. His lecture takes the audience on a compelling journey through the historical foundations of the liberal arts, stressing their enduring value in shaping well-rounded individuals capable of critical thinking and responsible citizenship. He also addresses the evolving landscape of education, considering the impact of technology, cultural shifts and intellectual and political challenges to traditional notions of learning.

Please join us for this stimulating lecture about liberal education in the 21st century.

Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is the founder and president of the CiRCE Institute in the US (Center for Independent Research on Classical Education). He has been researching, speaking, teaching, and consulting for classical renewal since 1993 and has been instrumental in the founding of three schools. He has served as Director of Classical Instruction, Academic Dean, Headmaster, and Board member and has consulted with well over 100 schools, cottage schools, co-ops, and other formats. Andrew speaks regularly at home school and classical education conferences in the United States and around the world.

He is the co-author with Dr Gene Edward Veith of Classical Education, The Movement Sweeping America and, with Andrea Lipinski, of The CiRCE Guide to Reading. He also led the development of CiRCE’s classical rhetoric program, The Lost Tools of Writing.

He has recently completed a yet-to-be titled volume on the foundations of education.

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