ERIC Number: ED026019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan-15
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Play for Mortal Stakes; Vocation and the Liberal Learning.
The ideal of liberal learning should be bonded with a sense of the utilitarian, the professional. Modern students call not for a traditional liberal learning but a learning directed to action, to improving the social order and the environment. Colleges can achieve a new synthesis of liberal and professional learning by making graduate and undergraduate professional education more humane and intellectual, adding a devotion to social purpose to traditional academic studies, and providing a new path to liberal education through some of the insights and methods of transformed professional education. At SUNY Buffalo, the 7 Faculties have been reorganized to include within each Faculty the applied and the theoretical fields. The faculty is thus reminded of social and moral implications of their work, the relatedness rather than the compartmentalization of knowledge. The new spirit, a new kind of romanticism, captivating many students and faculty, is part of an intense exploration of individual freedom. Liberal learning should use this energy in turning its intelligence upon nature, society and history to see how institutions can be bettered. Concern for service, tempered by a sense of history, enhances the academic purposes of a university, though it can best serve as an intellectual base, not an arena, of action. Universities should project themselves toward social vocation, the fusing of perception and awareness, based on liberal learning. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Address at 55th Annual Meeting of Association of American Colleges at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 15, 1969.