Novelist to speak on value of a Liberal Arts education

By Costa Maragos Posted: April 19, 2016 6:00 a.m.

John Ralston Saul is considered one of Canada’s leading intellectuals.
John Ralston Saul is considered one of Canada’s leading intellectuals. Photo courtesy of INET.

The value of a liberal arts education is the theme of a lecture to be given by John Ralston Saul, essayist, novelist and philosopher.
Saul’s public lecture at the U of R, April 21, is titled “Learning how to think, learning how to be: Reimagining the roles of the Humanities in Canadian Universities.” Saul will examine the value of a Liberal Arts education in today’s job-value oriented climate and what needs to be done to strengthen the role of Humanities at Canadian universities.

The event is hosted by the President’s Liberal Arts Advisory Group.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Saul speak on campus because there are few people in Canada – if not the world – as passionate and well-positioned as he in speaking about the value of a Liberal Arts education,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina.

“We have a rich tradition of Liberal Arts education at our University, and that is very important for our students. An education that is strong in Liberal Arts teaches you how to learn and think critically and creatively. Such skills are valued more than ever by employers in the constantly changing work environment.”

Saul has been a long-time defender of the Liberal Arts.

He has published 14 works, which have been translated into 28 languages in 37 countries. He’s the former President of PEN International, a global organization of writers dedicated to freedom of expression and literature. He’s the co-founder and co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Event:       John Ralston Saul
Date:         Thursday, April 21
Time:         7:30 p.m.
Location:   Research and Innovation Centre, Rm 119
Free admission. Complimentary parking in Lot 10.

Saul will be signing his books following his presentation. The U of R bookstore will make some of Saul’s books available for purchase following the presentation.

We encourage you to think big and choose the arts. We offer over 20 areas of study in the social sciences and humanities. Please visit our Faculty of Arts for more information.