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The inspiring ‘liberal arts’

Wondering what’s so great about your liberal arts education? Don’t worry, the country’s oldest Greek-letter society has got you covered.

On Friday, April 11, the Kappa Alpha Society will host one of its most distinguished alums, University of Western Ontario President Dr. Paul Davenport, to speak on “The Liberal Arts and Leadership in the Knowledge Economy.”

Davenport’s research has found that a liberal arts education is more important than ever in today’s modern economy. “The rising standards of living associated with the new economy will in no way reduce, and indeed may increase, the desire of students to come to grips with the great questions of the liberal arts: Who am I and why am I here? What are beauty, virtue and justice? How can we build societies that reflect our values of justice and compassion?”

Taking place at 5 p.m. in the Geneva Room, the lecture’s “emphasis on the importance of a liberal arts education will be an inspiration to students,” said Vincent DeFabo ’08, senior class president and member of the society. “The Colleges are truly blessed to be able to host a speaker of his caliber.”

Davenport has served as President of Western since 1994. During this tenure, the institution has grown both in size and reputation and now provides Canada’s best student experience at a research-intensive university.

After receiving his BA, with great distinction, in economics from Stanford University and his Ph.D from the University of Toronto, he served as professor of economics and associate dean at McGill University from 1979 to 1989 and president of the University of Alberta from 1989 to 1994. He also holds honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, the International University of Moscow, and the University of Alberta. He was named Knight of the Legion of Honor by the Government of France in 2001, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002.

The Kappa Alpha Society, founded at Union College in 1825, is part of the Union Triad (along with Sigma Phi and Delta Phi). The Hobart chapter was founded in 1844.