President Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University will deliver the 2015 John T. Holden Lecture titled “How to Destroy Higher Education” on April 2, 2015 at 12:40 p.m. in the Murkland Hall auditorium in Durham. The talk is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
Roth has served as president of Wesleyan University since 2007. Formerly president of California College of the Arts, Roth is known as a historian, curator and author. He is a frequent commentator on higher education. His most recent book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters (Yale University Press, 2014), addresses the history and varied meanings of liberal education and identifies current challenges faced by institutions of higher learning. The book’s final chapter is advertised as “a stirring plea for the kind of education that has, since the founding of the nation, cultivated individual freedom, promulgated civic virtue, and instilled hope for the future.”
The John T. Holden Memorial Fund in the College of Liberal Arts is dedicated to bringing signal scholars in the social sciences to UNH. This year’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities with support from the Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project.