Alive at the Core: Exemplary Approaches to General Education in the Humanities

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"The humanities core is back from the dead. Indeed, it is vibrant at increasing numbers of institutions that take seriously--and not just as a cliche--what it means to prepare students for 'living in the twenty-first century.' Those who are forward-thinking will find thoughtful assessments of the most successful programs today."
Jeffrey Wallin, president, The American Academy for Liberal Education

"Liberal education assures the well-being of society by providing both historical perspective and the mental agility required to navigate change. This heartening book shows a range of ways by which leading colleges and universities are meeting this critical challenge."
Susan Ford Wiltshire, professor and chair, Classical Studies, Vanderbilt University

This book joins the critical debate on humanities education and asks what higher education must do to encourage greater breadth of knowledge, improved critical thinking skills, and lifelong competence in students. Alive at the Core explores the importance of general education in the humanities, lays the foundation for meaningful learning, and offers different approaches to changing the core curriculum into a tool for lifelong learning. Drawing from thirteen colleges and universities, each chapter examines a creative humanities program--detailing strategies used to develop cross-disciplinary models of learning. The authors describe how each program began, how it changed, how students connected their knowledge to the world outside the classroom, how computer-based educational technology was integrated, and how faculty members were recruited and became motivated to teach in the program.

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This timely volume makes a key contribution to the national debate on humanities education and what higher education must do to encourage greater breadth of knowledge, improved critical thinking skills, and lifelong competence in its undergraduate students. Written for faculty and administrators, Alive at the Core reveals the fundamental importance of general education in the humanities, lays the groundwork for meaningful learning in college, and offers different approaches to changing the core curriculum into a powerful tool for lifelong learning.

Based on real-world practice at thirteen colleges and universities, each original chapter provides an in-depth examination of a creative program in the humanities, detailing the principles and strategies that were used to develop cross-disciplinary models of learning. The authors describe how each program began, how it changed and evolved, how students connected their growing knowledge to the world outside the classroom, how computer-based educational technology was integrated, and how faculty members were recruited and became motivated to teach in the program. In many cases, the contributors examine the struggles of programs that made drastic changes in order to equip their students with a wider awareness of the world.

Alive at the Core also discusses the challenge of creating courses that successfully link the past and present in human culture, customs, and values. Each engaging account will inspire colleges and universities to reconsider and revitalize general education curricula through innovative, thoughtful practice.

About the Author:

MICHAEL NELSON is professor of political science at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Author of several books on politics, he is the creator and editor of the Interpreting American Politics series for Johns Hopkins University Press and a former editor of the Washington Monthly. More than forty of his articles have been anthologized in works of political science, history, and English composition.

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