Critics state that classics are at best useless and at worst harmful. Join us for a conversation to discover what the future holds for them.
About this Event
We live in an era that frequently questions the utility and benefit of classical education and a liberal arts core curriculum—a mode of education that has nourished the minds of men and women for thousands of years. As these criticisms gain traction in our public square, it feels like we’re at an inflection point.
What is the future of the humanities in general, and the classics in particular? Is the Greco-Roman world still relevant today?
Join us for this public conversation with Dr. Eric Adler, a classist at the University of Maryland and author of “Battle of the Classics,” recently published by Oxford University Press, to discuss these questions and more.
In this conversation, we will explore the weaknesses of modern defenses of the humanities, including an over reliance on the “critical thinking” they build.
We will also discuss the best contemporary criticisms of the classics, including that they are overly “Western-centric.” We will also discuss thoughtful ways to approach these concerns, including the possible utility of a “living” and perhaps more omni-cultural, core that reads Western texts alongside Eastern literature.
Register for FREE to take watch and take part in the Q&A. All registrations made in advance will receive a recording of the event afterwards, even if they are unable to attend.
The event will take place on Wednesday, March 17 at 5pm EST.
This event is in partnership with Classical Wisdom, and online platform that provides commentaries and opinions on Ancient Greek and Latin literature, and Civic Renaissance, a publication and intellectual community dedicated to the wisdom of the past, beauty, goodness and truth.