Reading, Pa – Roosevelt Montás, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Core Curriculum at Columbia University, will speak on “Liberal Education and the Meaning of Freedom,” on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m., in Albright College’s Wachovia Theatre.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will explore how the humanities and liberal arts help equip students for their futures.
Montás is a specialist in pre-Civil War American literature and culture, with a specific interest in citizenship and American national identity. He teaches moral and political philosophy in the Columbia Core Curriculum, as well as courses in Columbia’s American Studies and English literature programs.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Montás attended Columbia College as an undergraduate and completed his doctorate in English at Columbia University. Montás is involved with the Freedom and Citizenship Program at Columbia’s Center for American Studies, which includes college mentoring programs for low-income high school students.
The lecture is made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports student research in the humanities and provides opportunities for students and faculty to engage with visiting humanities scholars such as Montás.