‘What We Value’ is theme of this year’s Lester lecture series


The Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Zeta Chapter of Georgia will welcome Dr. Lynn Pasquerella Sept. 14-15 to give the third annual Malcolm Lester Phi Beta Kappa Lectures on Liberal Arts and Public Life. The lectures will be presented virtually and made available through a public livestream at pbk.mercer.edu.

Dr. Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and president of Phi Beta Kappa Society, will present three lectures on the theme “What We Value.”

“Dr. Pasquerella is one of the most prominent and forceful advocates for liberal arts in the United States,” said Dr. David Davis, associate professor of English and editor of the Lester Lecture Series. “We are excited for her to give these lectures articulating why the values of a liberal arts education are crucial today.”

Dr. Pasquerella’s opening lecture, “Moral Distress and the Concept of Death as Un-American,” will take place Monday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., followed by “On Snowflakes, Chilly Climates, and Shouting to be Heard: Weathering Campus Storms” at 6 p.m. The series will conclude with “Educating for Democracy in a Post-Truth Era” Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m.

“I am honored to present the Malcolm Lester Lectures,” said Dr. Pasquerella. “Dean Lester recognized the critical role that liberal education plays in preserving democracy and the extent to which colleges and universities represent powerful institutional forces in catalyzing individual and societal transformation.”

Continue reading about Dr. Pasquerella and the lecture series at news.mercer.edu.


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