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liberal arts 2.0

some time ago (by which I mean, nearly two months ago now), certain smart & savvy nooks of the internet were all abuzz with the New Liberal Arts. It’s time, they say, to rethink what we want our liberal arts education to do for us in this twenty-first century world, in which our present curricula stands rigid and trembling under the pressures of great changes: in a neat syllabus of “art, literature, languages, philosophy, politics, history, mathematics, and science”, where is there space for the digital archive, water and food crises, social networking, financial ethics, global warming, internet laws, avant-garde photography, new journalism, electronic music-making, and the crash course in internet life skills? What, in short, does the class of the twenty-first century need to know?
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