Quincy University’s Great Books Program will host speaker Joe Messina, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English, on Wednesday, November 17, from 2 – 3:15 in MacHugh Theatre (basement of Francis Hall, 1800 College). Messina’s presentation is part of the Great Conversations Speakers Series, offered in conjunction with Quincy University’s Great Books program, which brings in leading scholars who investigate the fundamental dilemmas of human life and whose arguments challenge us to reexamine our most dearly held beliefs.

Messina’s talk, entitled “What is Liberal about Liberal Education? — A Conversation with Dr. Joe Messina,” will examine the university’s mission statement, which states Quincy University to be a “liberal arts institution of higher learning”. In this conversation, Messina will explore what this means and ponder the purpose and value of liberal education. He will discuss questions like, in what sense is it “liberal” and in what sense might some learning be “higher” than others?

Messina has been fostering liberal learning at Quincy University since 1974.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Masks required.

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