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The Liberal Arts Then and Now

Mar 3 2017 12—1:30 p.m.
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Joseph Epstein

Author, former editor of The American Scholar

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Open to current University of Chicago undergraduates. Lunch will be served.

Literary critic, noted essayist, and alumnus of the College Joseph Epstein will participate in a conversation with students about his life inside and outside the academy. Students are encouraged to read the short essay "Who Killed the Liberal Arts? And Why We Should Care" in preparation for the discussion.


Joseph Epstein is an essayist, short-story writer, and editor. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago, was a Lecturer in English at Northwestern University, and served as the editor of The American Scholar magazine. Epstein is the author of numerous books of essays and short stories including Friendship: An Exposé, Snobbery: The American Version, Essays in Biography, and A Literary Education and Other Essays, and has contributed to The Atlantic, Commentary, Harper's, The New Criterion, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The Weekly Standard. He. In 2003, he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Humanities.