Are the Liberal Arts Still Relevant? Liberal Arts in the Twenty-First Century

Monday, May 8, 2017 to Monday, May 22, 2017

Join Fred W. Beuttler, PhD, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts Programs at the University of Chicago Graham School, for an introductory class on the history and future of the liberal arts.

What is the purpose and contemporary relevance of the liberal arts? Are there things that every educated person should know? This short introductory class will examine the tools for the production, application, and dissemination of knowledge, looking at institutions of liberal learning such as the library, the university, the “republic of letters,” academic disciplines, the laboratory, and the Internet. We will also look at the various cultures of students, teachers, professors, and researchers, all to understand what a liberal artist should know.

If participants wish to continue, the class fee will serve as the application fee to UChicago’s Master of Liberal Arts degree program.


Fred W. Beuttler

Fred W. Beuttler

is the Associate Dean for Liberal Arts Programs at the Graham School. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 1995. Prior to coming to Graham in June, 2015, he was Director of General Education and taught history at Carroll University in Wisconsin. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Deputy Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, in Washington, DC, and from 1998 to 2005, he was the Associate University Historian of the University of Illinois at Chicago.