The Liberal Arts Reinvention?

This TED Talk by Liz Coleman (President, Bennington College) is certainly thought-provoking in an age when general knowledge and liberal arts are sacrificed to ever more intellectual specialization and technical expertise. Coleman’s use of the oral and printed word is a striking contrast to the visual imagery of most TED Talks. What roles — old and new — can be played by the evolving media technologies to enhance the liberal arts? I have a few ideas which were developed in my new text anthology, Media Environments. I would like to hear what other professors are doing to use media technology to advance liberal arts thinking in the classroom and in student minds.


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