While a liberal arts education has been known to foster creativity, agility and resilience, its value is often overlooked among the fast-changing priorities of the world. Lisa Anderson, senior lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, will speak on the value of liberal arts education in a globalized world 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus. A reception will follow the lecture; both are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Drawing on examples from around the world Anderson's lecture, "The Liberal Arts Confront Globalization," will examine the pressures and opportunities for the liberal arts in an era where the future is unusually uncertain. She will critique the urge to focus on short-term remedies to pressing problems, being mindful that temporary solutions rarely solve the kinds of existential challenges that the world is confronted with today.
In addition to her role as senior lecturer, Anderson is a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She served as president of the American University in Cairo, 2011-16. Prior to her appointment, she was the University's provost, a position she assumed in 2008. She is dean emerita of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, where she led the school from 1997-2007.
Her scholarly research includes work on state formation in the Middle East and North Africa, regime change and democratization in developing countries, and social science academic research and public policy in both the United States and around the world. Her books include "The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980" and "Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century."
While at Luther, Anderson will also speak in several classes and meet with students and faculty as part of the annual Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar program. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society, dedicated to the promotion of liberal education and academic excellence, a focus shared by Luther College from its beginning. More than 1,600 Luther College alumni have been inducted into membership in Phi Beta Kappa since 1983.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.