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Larchmont Library Hosts Talk On Higher Education

Michael S. Roth will discuss his new book at the Larchmont Public Library on April 12. Photo Credit: Contributed
"Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters" is Roth's new book. Photo Credit: Contributed

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth will read from his new book, “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters,” at the Larchmont Public Library.

The book focuses on important moments and seminal thinkers in America’s long-running argument over vocational vs. liberal education. The reading will be on Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m., is free, and all are welcome. Refreshments will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library.

Conflicting streams of thought about higher education flow through American intellectual history. Roth explores these arguments (and more), considers the state of higher education today and concludes with a stirring plea for the kind of education that has, since the founding of the nation, cultivated individual freedom, promulgated civic virtue and instilled hope for the future.

Roth became the 16th president of Wesleyan University on July 1, 2007. Formerly president of California College of the Arts, Roth is known as a historian, curator and author. A professor in history and the humanities since 1983, Roth was the founding director of the Scripps College Humanities Institute in Claremont, Calif., a center for intellectual exchange across disciplines. 

Since becoming president of Wesleyan University, Roth has increased grant support for its students who receive financial aid and has overseen the launch of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Shapiro Creative Writing Center and four new interdisciplinary colleges emphasizing advanced research and cohort building: the College of the Environment, the College of Film and the Moving Image, the College of East Asian Studies and the College of Integrative Sciences.

For more information about this and other programs sponsored by The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library, visit

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