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September 17, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor attended Kenyon College, a private liberal arts school in a tiny Ohio town, he never wanted to leave. He loved starring in campus theater productions and the long nights discussing John Updike and Raymond Carver with classmates. He did everything he could to prolong the collegiate experience - becoming a tour guide for prospective students, helping the admissions office interview applicants. And when he graduated, he went right back to school, enrolling in an acting program at New York University.
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OPINION
April 24, 2014
Re "Are we losing the tech race?," Opinion, April 20 Michael Teitelbaum presents common-sense advice about majoring in science. He echoes what proponents of the liberal arts have been saying for years: that it is not enough to specialize in one area of expertise, and that science students must gain broad intellectual skills developed through the humanities, arts and social sciences. However, I disagree with Teitelbaum's assessment that science education for non-science majors should be limited to K-12.
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OPINION
August 17, 2011 | By Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus
If recent trends hold true, most of the 3 million freshmen starting at U.S. colleges this fall will choose majors that prepare them for careers rather than majors in the liberal arts. Department of Education data show that students are opting for engineering, education or criminology instead of more traditional majors such as history, philosophy or even mathematics. Part of the trend can be explained by students seeking degrees that will allow them to step into jobs upon graduating. But that is only part of the reason for the eclipse of the liberal arts.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Sam Lubell
What might be the most unorthodox team in the 2013 Solar Decathlon comes from Middlebury College in Vermont. The institution with about 2,500 students doesn't have graduate programs, so no engineering or architecture school, and all of its team members study liberal arts -- think English or economics. Developing a Solar Decathlon house is part of a two-semester, interdepartmental class. "We approach this problem from a very different point of reference," said team manager Jack Kerby-Miller, who majors in environmental studies and chemistry.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Liberal Arts" is a light and lively comedy of manners about college, literature and a midlife crisis that hits earlier than expected. The bookish group at the heart of this talky film - Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Zac Efron and Allison Janney - is having such a grand time trading tart exchanges their mood proves infectious. The sparring helps offset some of the contrivances that make "Liberal Arts" less buttoned up than it should be - so an A for effort and a C for execution.
NEWS
January 6, 1985 | Associated Press
California college and university students are abandoning liberal arts in favor of business and technology, a trend that has alarmed educators predicting many state schools will become narrow technical institutions. "This represents one of the most significant changes in higher education," said Pat Callan, executive director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. "It's an enormous shift."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2000 | Associated Press
Job prospects haven't been this good for liberal arts graduates in years. Liberal arts graduates can expect to be more fervently sought after this year and to be offered better salaries, according to the 30th annual recruiting trends survey conducted by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. Among the reasons: The earlier-than-predicted retirements of the oldest baby boomers have created job openings of all kinds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2000
A $20-million gift from the University Hill Foundation will be used to house Loyola Marymount University's liberal arts program at the former headquarters of Raytheon Corp., school officials announced Monday. The gift from the Los Angeles-based foundation, comprised of wealthy business leaders who wish to remain anonymous, is one of the largest ever received by the Jesuit-run institution.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2000 | KAREN E. KLEIN
As a non-engineer, Erin Sheehy is a rarity in the world of environmental consulting. She got a degree in liberal arts, studying economics at Smith College in Massachusetts, then went to work as an air-quality regulator for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. She then worked for a private environmental consulting firm before starting her own business almost five years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER
As an example of how our cultural-political terms get warped with time and abuse, the conservative William F. Buckley is devoting the next four editions of "Firing Line" to the topic of liberal arts education--its goals, purpose and survivability. Neither term, at least as they're used in the pop media Zeitgeist, are what they seem here. (The first part of "Liberal Education on the Firing Line," titled "What Is Liberal Education?" airs at 1:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Claremont McKenna College on Tuesday announced that it has raised more than $635 million in a fundraising campaign believed to be among the largest for an American liberal arts college. The public campaign was launched in 2008 with a goal of $600 million to support endowed faculty positions, student scholarships, new facilities and building renovations at the small, private college in Claremont, about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The effort was boosted by gifts from several billionaire alumni, including $200 million from philanthropist Robert Day, $75 million from financier Henry Kravis and $50 million from George R. Roberts, a cousin of Kravis.
OPINION
April 19, 2013 | By David Kipen
If any line item in the state or federal budgets cries out for more resources, or even just a little more respect, it's the arts and humanities. Never mind that many writers, artists and scholars have the fresh ideas that our times so desperately need. When politicians and columnists call for increased spending on STEM projects - that's science, technology, engineering and mathematics - don't they know they're alienating at least half the country? Let's reckon with the extent of the neglect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
Before the ashes and the anguish, before the 1965 riots and the spotlight of attention that followed, there was a pocket of people already fighting for Watts. They fought for the arts and for the black community from a building on Grandee Avenue and 104th Street. It was there, in the community she was raised in, that Jayne Cortez founded the Watts Repertory Theater Company, an ensemble she used to unearth and highlight racial inequalities. Cortez, a performance artist whose evocative, surreal poetry tackled racial and sexual oppression, died Dec. 28 of heart failure at a hospital in New York City, said her husband, Melvin Edwards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2012 | Dalina Castellanos
A Southern California liberal arts college announced Monday that it has created the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, emulating the actor's penchant for combining art, media and environmental science to educate students about policymaking. Pitzer College, one of the first to launch an environmental studies program, teamed up with the actor and devoted preservationist known for his consistent and effective advocacy. The program will combine the school's core values of conservation and sustainability and blend it with its liberal arts and media curriculum.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor attended Kenyon College, a private liberal arts school in a tiny Ohio town, he never wanted to leave. He loved starring in campus theater productions and the long nights discussing John Updike and Raymond Carver with classmates. He did everything he could to prolong the collegiate experience - becoming a tour guide for prospective students, helping the admissions office interview applicants. And when he graduated, he went right back to school, enrolling in an acting program at New York University.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Liberal Arts" is a light and lively comedy of manners about college, literature and a midlife crisis that hits earlier than expected. The bookish group at the heart of this talky film - Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Zac Efron and Allison Janney - is having such a grand time trading tart exchanges their mood proves infectious. The sparring helps offset some of the contrivances that make "Liberal Arts" less buttoned up than it should be - so an A for effort and a C for execution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1986 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
UC San Diego administrators, seeking to capitalize on continued enrollment growth, are moving to open a fifth undergraduate college that they believe will broaden their image among high school applicants who wrongly view the 25-year-old university as a factory for science and engineering majors.
NEWS
January 22, 1987 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
Since Occidental College was founded in 1887, it has survived an economic crash that left it with just seven students, a fire that ravaged what was then its only building, student unrest and allegations of racial discrimination. Although hundreds of other colleges have folded in the wake of similar adversities, Occidental continues to endure. College officials attribute the school's stability to its large endowment and the support of its fiercely loyal alumni.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Oliver Gettell, Los Angeles Times
There are so many good films releasing in the fall, it's easy to get caught up in the splashy ones - the ones with the A-list actors and the biggest marketing campaigns. But there are plenty of smaller gems coming to theaters in the next couple of months as well. Here's a look at a few of those worth taking the trouble to find amid the power players. Liberal Arts Unlike many young actresses, Elizabeth Olsen opted to postpone her career to attend college, spending her undergraduate years at New York University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Claremont McKenna College's exaggeration of its freshmen's SAT scores and high school rankings turned out to be so small that it had no effect on the school's position in U.S. News & World Report rankings this year, magazine officials said Thursday. As a result, the Southern California school will keep its position as the ninth-best liberal arts college in the country in this year's "Best Colleges" listings. The magazine reviewed that ranking using more accurate and reliable statistics uncovered recently by a law firm hired by the college to investigate the scandal.
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