The Value of the Liberal Arts
Robert Graber’s book Valuing Useless Knowledge was published by the Thomas Jefferson University Press, now Truman State University Press, in 1995. Douglas Foard, former Secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, reported that the book was favorably reviewed and used in a workshop for teachers by the Society. A new edition was released by TSUP in September 2012.
In spring 2013, President Robert Graber presented remarks entitled “Our Planet, Our Species, Our Selves: A Liberal Perspective.”
In spring 2012, President Joe Benevento presented remarks entitled “Accessible Excellence: Phi Beta Kappa at Truman State University.”
In spring 2007, President Jim Turner presented remarks entitled “E Pluribus, Communitates … Communitas.”
In spring 2005, President Robert Graber presented remarks entitled “Can Liberal Education Give Us “Ought-To”?
Also, in spring 2005, President Barbara Dixon of Truman State University commended to our attention a Statement on Liberal Learning, from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The statement can be found at http://www.aacu-edu.org/About/statements/liberal_learning.cfm
In spring 2004, President Robert Graber presented remarks entitled “The Candid Quack, the Pebble Hunters, and the Last Lady: What Liberal Education Is Like“.
In spring 2003, President Patricia Burton presented remarks entitled “Darmok, Diomedes, Dialectic, and De Ira“.
In spring 2002, President Robert Cowan presented remarks entitled “Freedom and Breadth of Inquiry.”
In spring 2001, Founding President Stephen Pollard presented remarks entitled “Honoring Commitment to Liberal Learning.”