Vocation & Provocation.
“When the impulse is to change the world,
the academy is more likely to engender a
learned helplessness than to create a
sense of empowerment”
“Being overwhelmed is the first step.”
Liz Coleman, Pres. Bennington College
At a time when our nation faces ethical
and civic challenges of daunting complexity,
it is crucial that we return to the core
commitments of personal and social
responsibility inherent in liberal education.
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The conference also features six premeeting
workshops and more than sixty presentations
describing best practices and campus models—
half of which focus on assessing personal and
social responsibility outcomes. You can learn
more about the conference highlights and
Neither Logic Nor Sermons Convince, says
Whitman. How do we factory THAT in to
our desire to provide wellness and wholistic
Vocation and Provocation
I’m saying the difference between liberal arts
and The Liberal Art is the difference between
vocational training and provocation
Need we argue?
Dr Mycoff once warned: “The problem with
trying to be provocative, Sam,: you might
How to provoke without provoking?
That would be liberal art right there.
Demoralize without Demoralization.
When my colleagues proposed an Honor’s English
program back in the day, immediately I recognized
a need for a Dishonors Program to counter balance
& have single-handedly over the years tried to provide
one: always for the Sake of Argument & recently in
the Name of Emergent Phenomenon & Values.
I don’t succeed, but like Ted Kennedy’s commitment
to Universal Health Insurance & Liz Coleman’s to cast
higher education as performing art, it’s my Life-Time
Goal & Mission Impossible, finding room in the inn for
Marginal Notions, Edgy & the Free Associations, Ike
Illogical & the Irrationals, Nasty & the Indeterminates:
as party to any lollapalooza here or, say, at the fall
meeting of AAC&U: Educating for Personal and
Social Responsibility: Deepening Student and Campus
Commitments Networks for Academic Renewal
Conference, that they might be house bands.