Debating Western Civilization

Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:45am to 10:45am

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The phrase Western civilization has become a lightening rod in American society for the culture wars and for the battle over liberal arts education. Some wish to discard it as a discredited term for racism, colonialialism, and Western supremacy. Others view it as a grand expression that captures the heritage of learning and culture that has made the Western world great, as many commented recently when watching Notre Dame Cathedral burn, vowing to rebuild this "icon of Western civilization. " Come join a discussion about this phrase and its meaning for higher education, politics, and culture.

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