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General Education

Rodney Frey
Director, General Education
Phinney Hall 116
(208) 885-6268

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What is an Educated Person?

This lecture series is a new campus-wide, on-going dialogue, built around the question, “What is an educated person?”  It asks the question of students (and those who offer instruction), “What are the skills and competencies you seek to have acquired at the moment you walk across the commencement stage on the day of your graduation . . . . skills and competencies needed to civically-engage a democratic society, and a rapidly- changing diverse world, skills and competencies employers desire, or graduate schools necessitate?  

To spawn this participation and discussion, one of the University’s Distinguished Professors will offer his or her insights into the question, as part of a keynote address, followed by addresses by other university educators, offered each semester.  The series would be designed to bring together the faculty and students, from the various departments and colleges, and for the students in particular to further empower them to reflect upon and take responsibility for their education.  This central question would provide an opportunity to consider related topics, such as reviewing what a civil, democratic society desires and what employers seek in graduates, as well as reviewing and sharing common pedagogical concerns and techniques, and other topics that impact students. 

The Inaugural Lecture Series for Fall 2014.  As an inaugural event for this series, Sanford Eigenbrode (University of Idaho Distinguished Professor 2013 and Professor of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) will give a keynote address on October 22, 2014 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Student Union International Ballroom. 

The question, "What is an educated person?" and ensuing discussions will be continued with an address by Mario Reyes, Dean, College of Business and Economics, on October 29, at 6:00 p.m., Student Union Vandal Ballroom, and by Ryanne Pilgeram, recipient of the Hoffman Award in Teaching Excellence, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, on November 5, at 6:00 p.m., Student Union Union Vandal Ballroom. 

All addresses are free and open to the general public.  Following each lecture, please plan to stay, as there will be a question and answer discussion. 

The "What is an Educated Person?" series is co-sponsored by the General Education Program and the Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium.

For more information, contact Rodney Frey,  885-6268

YouTube Streams of Series:

Sanford Eigenbrode October 22, 2014