Check out Roosevelt Montás’s upcoming lecture on the history, meaning, and future of liberal education, which will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Topper Theatre of The John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts at Villanova University. The event is open to the public and registration is required.

The event will also be livestreamed and can be accessed at this link.

Roosevelt Montás, PhD, is a senior lecturer in American Studies and English at Columbia University, as well as the director of Columbia’s Center for American Studies’ Freedom and Citizenship Program. This lecture is titled after Montás’s newest book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation (Princeton University Press, 2021). A native of the Dominican Republic, Montás reflects on his own relationship with the great books and the power they have to speak to people of all backgrounds.

The first chapter of Dr. Montás’s book recounts his encounter with Augustine’s Confessions during his first year of college. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Augustinian Institute and marks the 30th anniversary of the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program at Villanova. We encourage you to attend the event either in person or via the livestream!