“Contemporary Education in Cosmopolitan Perspective,” focus of Common Curriculum Series talk

Publication Date

David Hansen, a noted philosopher of education, will speak Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

His talk, “Contemporary Education in Cosmopolitan Perspective,” is part of the Common Curriculum Speaker Series. It is free and open to the public.

Hansen is the John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor in Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Teachers College at Columbia University. He is also the director of the Philosophy and Education program.


His research has addressed the philosophy and practice of teaching, the relation between cosmopolitanism, democracy and education, and the educational thought of figures as diverse as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

His books include “The Call to Teach” and “The Teacher and the World: A Study of Cosmopolitanism.”

Hansen will also be part of a luncheon discussion on “General Education and the Liberal Arts in the 21st century,” Thursday, Jan. 17, from 12:40 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Grant Hall 117.

Other panelists include Nicole A. Theodosiou, associate professor and co-director of biochemistry at Union; Sarah Wider, professor of English at Colgate; and Heinz-Dieter Meyer, associate professor of education governance, organization, and policy at the University at Albany. Erika Nelson, associate professor of German at Union, will moderate.

Started in 2012, the twice-yearly Common Curriculum Speaker Series invites individuals to campus to engage the campus community in the meaning of the liberal arts.

Speakers visit classes, particularly those such as First-Year Preceptorial and also lead discussions in informal settings and present a public talk in the Nott.

The series is sponsored by the General Education Board.