Colleges and Universities in the Twenty-First Century: What Place for Moral Education?


Throughout most of the nineteenth century, moral education was regarded as a central mission of American colleges and universities, but it has come to occupy an increasingly marginalized role. This conference addressed questions about responsibility for university students’ moral formation and the possible restoration in contemporary higher education of venerable notions of virtue and goodness derived from Biblical theology, the Greek notion of paideia, and the liberal arts.


Conference Readings

Bok, Derek. Beyond the Ivory Tower: Social Responsibilities of the Modern University. Cambridge: Harvard University Press , 1984.

Bok, Derek. Universities and the Future of America. Durham: Duke University Press, 1990.

Oakeshott, Michael. The Voice of Liberal Learning. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Reuben, Julie A. The Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality . Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1996.