ACTC 2012: “Introduce poetry first as foundation to politics”

By Your Salonniere

Talking literature, cross cultural exchange through time and space, and best teaching practices, here’s an excerpt on the ACTC 2012 recap which took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

Robert Gurval, Department of Classics, University of California, Los Angeles: “Harmony and Homer on the Pearl River Delta: The Foundations of a New Liberal Arts in China”-

  • China is looking at Western liberal arts colleges to help shape their higher education
  • instead of calling their undergraduate core curriculum “general education” they’ve opted to use the term “gateway education” to indicate that students are beginning the path to learning
  • self in search of self
  • self as social institutions
  • Liberal Studies as training for life
  • introduce poetry first as foundation to politics, which is the gateway to political and economic theory

Read the entire post here.

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