A Matter of Style: Reflections on Liberal Education - download pdf or read online

By Richard Warch

ISBN-10: 0961342978

ISBN-13: 9780961342975

The culture of convocations at Lawrence derives from an older culture of chapel providers, which first all started in 1856 and, until eventually the mid-1870s, happened two times day-by-day. After that time and until eventually 1927, Lawrence required scholars to wait chapel companies just once an afternoon. The time period convocation first seemed within the 1926–27 catalogue, the place it used to be known as “a normal collage assembly.” therefore, convocations changed chapel companies and have been held for 25 mins thrice each one week in Memorial Chapel, even if attendance used to be nonetheless required. in the course of the subsequent forty years, the frequency and period of convocations different; via the mid-1960s, they have been held as soon as a month, yet attendance persisted to be required. the school authorized a plan in 1968 to minimize the convocations to 2 a yr— Matriculation and Honors Day—and to drop the attendance requirement. In 1978, on the initiative of Richard Warch, then Lawrence’s leader educational officer, the current convocation series—which mostly comprises 5 or 6 a year—was introduced. Attendance is voluntary. Convocations have been defined in a list access in the course of Nathan Pusey’s presidency as “a type of common all-college direction without
formal requisites or credit.” in lots of methods, that description nonetheless suits. ordinarily, the president addresses the neighborhood on the Matriculation Convocation, and President Warch did so on twenty-five events. these speeches, which jointly verify, critique, and have a good time good points of liberal schooling and the liberal arts college—especially Lawrence—at the top of the 20 th century and the start of the twenty first, are accumulated during this quantity, in addition to an introductory essay and a model of either his welcome to new scholars and his final graduation deal with to the contributors of the graduating class.

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