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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 Lecture Series for Spring 2015.  We are proud to have had Dan Bukvich, Distinguished Professor 2011 and Professor of Percussion/Theory and Director of the Jazz Choir as our keynote speaker on Tuesday March 24th.  You can view his talk at:

The question, "What is an educated person?" and ensuing discussions were continued with an address by Karen Launchbaugh, the Carnegie Teacher of the Year for Idaho, Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Director of the Rangeland Center on March 31st.  You can view her talk at:

And by Andy Kersten, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, and historian by discipline, on April 7th at 6:00 p.m. You can view his talk at:

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 at or 208-885-6268

Inaugural Series Fall 2014 - YouTube Streams of Series:
  • Sanford Eigenbrode (University of Idaho Distinguished Professor 2013 and Professor of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) keynote address, October 22, 2014 -
  • Mario Reyes, Dean, College of Business and Economics, October 29, 2014 -
  • Ryanne Pilgeram, recipient of the Hoffman Award in Teaching Excellence, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, November 5, 2014 -