Messina to speak as part of Great Conversations Speakers Series at QU

QUINCY – Quincy University’s Great Books Program will be the host of speaker Joe Messina, professor emeritus of English, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in MacHugh Theatre in the basement of Francis Hall, 1800 College.

Messina’s presentation is part of the Great Conversations Speakers Series, offered in conjunction with Quincy University’s Great Books program, which brings in leading scholars to investigate the fundamental dilemmas of human life and whose arguments challenge us to reexamine our most dearly held beliefs.

Messina’s talk, entitled “What is Liberal about Liberal Education? — A Conversation with Joe Messina,” will examine the university’s mission statement, which states Quincy University to be a “liberal arts institution of higher learning.” Messina will explore what this means and ponder the purpose and value of liberal education. He will discuss questions like: In what sense is it “liberal”? In what sense might some learning be “higher” than others?

Messina has been fostering liberal learning at Quincy University since 1974.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Masks are required.

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