Learning in a Time of Politics: Liberal Arts Education and Political Engagement

The Eighth Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts

February 15-16, 2008


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Professor Julie Reuben -- Harvard Graduate School of Education



Julie Reuben is a historian interested in the role of education in American society and culture. Her teaching and research address broad questions about the purposes of education, the relation between educational institutions and political and social concerns, and the forces that shape educational change. She is the author of The Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality.  This prize winning book examines the relation between changing conceptions of knowledge, standards of scholarship, and the position of religion and morality in the American university during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  In addition, she has written a number of articles related to campus activism, access to higher education, curriculum changes, and citizenship education in the public schools. 


Reuben is a Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has been selected as a Fellow for the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and received a Major Grant from the Spencer Foundation. She received her B.A. in history from Brandeis University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Stanford University