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2016 Flagler College Community Lecture Series

The Education Conversation

A conversation focused on the liberal arts as a foundation for the future. Let us discuss the current climate and untangle the questions and misconceptions of value, employability and usefulness. By looking at outcomes in technology, business, the arts, communication and government through a liberal arts lens, we will uncover the power of a liberal arts education.

Spring Semester

Dr. Brenda Kauffman

January 26, 2016

"An Enlightened Citizenry: The Liberal Arts Impact and Civic Engagement"
Time: 10:00 a.m. | Place: Solarium

Brenda Kauffman


Dr. Jessica Howell

February 9, 2016

“Myth Busters: The Online Takeover of Education”
Synopsis:  The rise in online courses taken each year is staggering and the trend is only going to continue.  All across the United States, institutions of higher education find themselves discussing whether they want to be spectators or engage in online learning.  For many, online learning is seen as a competitor, and even threatening, to traditional education.  This doesn’t have to be the case, however.  A healthy balance of traditional and online courses is the key to student success and institutional advancement.

Time: 10:00 a.m. | Place: Solarium

Jessica Howell

Biography: Jessica Howell is an Assistant Professor of History and the Director of Online Learning at Flagler College.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Lee University in Tennessee and her Masters and Doctorate from Florida State University.  Her main area of specialization is 19th and 20th century Russian history.  While she started her career in traditional secondary education, throughout the years she has transitioned to higher education, teaching both online and traditional courses.


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Dr. Edwidge Bryant

March 1, 2016

“COMPEL (Collaborative Online Mentorship Program for English Learners) and the use of technology for educational purposes”

Time: 10:00 a.m. | Place: Solarium

Edwidge Bryant


Dr. Felix Livingston

April 12, 2016

“What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Aristotle and Alexis de Tocqueville”

Synopsis: Aristotle believed that living a good life and being happy entails understanding and achieving excellence in the practice of virtues associated with a desired end.  Consumers benefit from the creation of new, improved, and less costly products and services, and a myriad of employment opportunities are available that make material items affordable and that facilitate pursuit of non-material ends. For honorable entrepreneurs, the roads to Aristotelian virtue and material success are the same.  Thus, this lecture will examine issues of justice, achievement, profit and social cooperation and their application to entrepreneurship.

Time: 10:00 a.m. | Place: Solarium

Felix Livingston


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