Anti-Education

Vishwa Adluri at Strand Bookstore

Fri, Nov 22 at 7 p.m.   |   90 minutes

What do we want out of a modern university? What kind of education supports the growth of an ethical and creative individual and community? We'll look to some of Nietzsche’s prophetic lectures to understand what's gone awry in the university and how it might be transformed.

What are the goals of a contemporary university education? In which ways are these goals being fulfilled or unfulfilled? These questions form a guiding thread throughout the intellectual career of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. From announcing the “death of God” to the “arrival of the most unwelcome guest, nihilism,” the tensions inherent in modern intellectual life are linked to the question of education, art and culture.

Often perceived as a crisis, humanities adopted a research-based creation of expertise, which does not necessarily support the maturation of ethically strong and creative individuals. Turning away from merit and genius, have the humanities adopted a technical, mechanical and bureaucratic model?

Nietzsche’s prophetic lectures from his early days in Basel remain key to understanding the successes and failures of the modern university. Based on his lectures “On the Future of Our Educational Institutions,” this Olio presents a much-needed critique of these institutions; critiques that are vital to their survival.

Teacher: Vishwa Adluri

Vishwa holds PhDs from the New School and University of Marburg, Germany. He recently published 'The Nay Science' and is the author of many books and articles. Dr. Adluri teaches courses on: Approaches to Religion, Indian Philosophy, Christian Theology, Mysticism, Hinduism, art history and The Religious Meaning of Death. He has been thinking about Space, Time, and Death since he was 5.


Venue: Strand Bookstore

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Think Olio is here to put the liberation back into the liberal arts.

Classically, the liberal arts, were the education considered essential for a free person to take an active part in civic life. To counter a humanities that has been institutionalized and dehumanized we infuse critical thinking, openness, playfulness, and compassion into our learning experience.

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