Professor David Thiele to Present Mount Union Faculty Lecture
October 18, 2016
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Professor David Thiele, associate professor of English at the University of Mount Union, will present the Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 in the Gallaher Theater of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. A reception will be held before the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Giese Center.
The lecture is titled “Liberal Education and the Question of Integrity” and is free and open to the public.
Thiele’s lecture will put a spotlight on liberal education and how it fits in higher education today. With the shadow of the Great Recession lingering over us and the student debt crisis looming large in our national dialogue, the place of a liberal education in the modern world has never been more widely questioned or less widely understood. This lecture seeks to move beyond clichés of well-roundedness towards deeper and more compelling ways to "tell the story" of liberal education today. At the core of this story is the many-faceted ideal of integrity, a moral and structural concept that will be as central to debates about an "unbundled" future as it has been for higher education debates in the past.
David Thiele is associate professor of English at the University of Mount Union. He earned a BA with Highest Honors in English at Kenyon College before going on Boston College, where he earned an MA in Irish Studies and a PhD in English. He has been a Northeast MLA Summer Research Fellow and a Mellon Fellow with the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. His work has appeared in English Literature in Transition, Texas Studies in Language and Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, Inside Higher Ed, and other publications. Most recently, Dr. Thiele spent a sabbatical semester researching current issues in higher education with a focus on liberal education, a project which has resulted in a new senior Capstone course entitled “The Idea of College: Value and Values in Higher Education” as well as a forthcoming article in the journal Neo-Victorian Studies.
Each year, a member of the Mount Union faculty is selected to give a special lecture relating interesting or important developments in his or her own field or exploring matters of general concern to the faculty.