Dr. Hagood: These lectures are designed to support first year students as they look ahead to the education they hope to receive by writing their liberal arts reflective essays, and also to senior students as they look back on the education they have received, prompted by re-reading their first year essay Beyond this pair of bookend assignments, however, we hope with this series to inform and enrich student and faculty perspectives on the liberal arts and a liberal arts education Now, why is this important? I want to propose three reasons: 1) On a practical level, this is why you’re here Students, you chose to pursue a liberal arts education You are not at a large, research university, small state school, or a community college, and the same is true for faculty and staff All of you in this room have chosen to be part of a liberal arts education Therefore, arguably, you should be very interested in what the “liberal arts” means Second, as a value judgement, I believe that the liberal arts are the best way to meet the aim of becoming fully human –free to doubt, imagine, think, learn In other words, this is the education that will liberate you to live into the fullness of who you are, of who God created you to be, and of what you are capable of achieving Third, as a Christian, I believe God calls us to the liberal arts in order to live out the Great Commandment: To love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself How can I do this if I have not fully developed my mind? If I have not critically examined my heart and my soul? Or if I do not fully understand my strengths? How can I love my neighbor if I cannot learn anything about her? If I am incapable of empathy or if I cannot understand the breadth and depth of what it means to love someone and to be loved? God wants you to study the liberal arts [laughter] So, before I briefly introduce our speaker –who does not have a public bio, so I had to make it up– I have two requests: take this seriously, this is important, students, and the next time you share a meal with someone, maybe tonight at dinner, or tomorrow at breakfast or lunch, ask your friend or your colleague, “Why are the liberal arts important to you?” Be prepared to listen and ask questions and then give your answer, even if you’re still figuring out what it is Alright, Jeff Tyler is a professor of religion at Hope College and chair of the religion department He earned his bachelor’s degree from a small college called Hope more than ten years ago [laughter] He then earned –it’s true! He then earned an MDiv from Western Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of Arizona, before returning to Hope College as a professor Since that time, Dr. Tyler has distinguished himself as an award-winning scholar-educator In 1999, Dr. Tyler received an award through the Fulbright Senior Scholar program for his study of exile in southern Germany from 1400-1700 The graduating class of 2001 presented Dr Tyler the Hope Outstanding Professor/ Educator, or H-O-P-E, HOPE award, as the professor whom they felt epitomized the best qualities of the Hope College educator In 2011, Dr. Tyler received the Janet L. Anderson Excellence in Teaching award from Hope College And, finally, prior to assuming the role as chair of the religion department, Dr. Tyler directed the senior seminar program for nearly a decade He has also taught a first year seminar several times over many years Therefore, Dr.Tyler is distinctly qualified to speak to us today about the value, meaning, and purpose of the liberal arts Please, join me in welcoming Jeff Tyler [applause] Dr. Tyler: Well, thanks everybody for coming out this afternoon and getting out of the heat and joining me today So, just signal me if I lose my volume there in the back Okay, very good. So, I bet it happens on most every break from college –sophomores, juniors, seniors, you know it First years, you are about to find out– parents, friends, siblings, grandparents, neighbors, people you barely know, are going to ask, “So, how is Hope College going?” Some wonder about your social life, others about your grades, your major, about

love, my goodness about getting a job or about your future Well, this time shock them with your answer. Be clutch Dazzle them with the liberal arts Let them know why the liberal arts are so thoroughly and completely incredible and why these arts are giving you an edge, a staggering advantage in work and life and for all of your life So, the liberal arts. Let’s work out what you need to be saying and sharing Of course, you are at a liberal arts college, and if you are in your first year or your last year at Hope, you are going to be asked to write about the liberal arts, and so Dr. Hagood mentioned that: the first year seminar paper, which then comes back when you’re seniors reflecting on the liberal arts So, what can you say and write about? What can you say to people on break? Today I’m going to give you some vocabulary to talk about the liberal arts, some ways of making the arts your own This way, you can claim them and use them And if someone asks in a job, or grad school interview, “So you went to a liberal arts college. What’s that about?” Then you can amaze the interviewer with your answer. So let’s get started So, point one on your outline is the Ancient Path When I was in middle school, Kung Fu was one of the popular shows on TV Every episode follows Kwai Chang Caine, a refuge from China who wanders the American West in the golden age of cowboys While barefoot, chill, and humbly dressed, Caine engages strangers, assists the helpless, reconciles enemies, and lays some kick-butt martial arts on bad guys with guns. [laughter] In every episode, Caine faces some crisis or major decision And at these moments, he always pauses and then there’s a flashback to his previous life in the Shaolin monastery in China There, he learned kung fu and ancient Chinese philosophy from his masters So, on every TV show he has the flashback, and he ponders the wisdom, and then he knows the action to take He would calm his enemies either with gentle persuasion or with a blow to the head [laughter] Then he would wander on to his next American West destination Caine’s ancient philosophy and his martial arts gave him an odd and compelling edge on cowboys and farmers and Native Americans So, when I was a kid, I though Caine’s ancient Chinese wisdom was very cool I had no illusions about doing that kung fu. So, and I wanted that kind of ancient wisdom in my life It gave me an advantage Well, right now, here at Hope College, you are walking and learning an ancient, revered path The ancient path of the liberal arts. So let’s put that path and that learning to work for you Ancient Greeks and Romans first developed these arts and thought they should be studied together as a body of knowledge and set of skills uniquely suited to a full and robust life Down through the ages, imitators of the Greeks and Romans have agreed In fact, the liberal arts have an unparalleled track record of success, 2500 years and running And Hope College continues on that path with good reason, and believes it will make all the difference for you Now, the ancient Greeks and Romans divided their seven arts into two rather dull sounding categories, at least to our ears They called them the trivium, and this is on your outline there The trivium: language, or as they sometimes called it, grammar; rhetoric; and logic and you can see (leaving Kung Fu for a second here), if you look at the top, you can see in the painting, this Renaissance painting, the liberal arts Language, rhetoric, and logic, geometry, mathematics, music, and astronomy. That’s the quadrivium Such arts were meant to shape the entire person and guide a life of learning, expressing, creating, and performing Now, over 2500 years, we’ve added other arts and areas of study to the original seven of the Greeks and Romans

Today, we have over forty different fields of study in centers and programs here at Hope, but our general education, and program, and curriculum reflects the sort of balance prized by the Greeks and Romans A blend of courses in the arts, humanities, natural, and social sciences So, we want you to be well-rounded, to be educated like the ancient Greeks and Romans, and to bring breadth and depth of skill and knowledge to the work you do, and all the ways you live And we believe these arts are more useful than ever in our current world and economy So, tell people on break, “I’m following the ancient path.” They will be intrigued and want to know more, and then lay down some serious liberal arts kung fu, some terminology, to explore this Alright, so, part two here is, “The liberal arts educate.” This is the boring word on our outline, the ancient path sounds cool and mysterious, maybe creepy The arts educate –yawn. So, stay with me! Focus mid-afternoon people The liberal arts do this education thing in particular ways. First, the liberal arts engage with a body of knowledge You need to know stuff, and sometimes master the information That’s the education part we know already. You came to Hope with some of that reading, writing, arithmetic, the arts You do need more of that, of course Second, you need skills. The ancient arts were meant to be practiced You get to do that at Hope: collaborative research, internships, in-class conversations, independent studies Because of Hope’s size, you are going to get some serious training Now, I’m a Hope College graduate, as was mentioned, and I’ll admit to you I was shocked when I went to a large research university to do graduate school Tens of thousands of students, classes of 5-600 students They learn knowledge, but those students had fewer opportunities to practice, to do what they were learning If that’s the original meaning of education, in the Latin educere: to lead or to draw something out We do that, we draw out the learning and skills in practice and draw them out in you So, a third reason under education is the thir- the liberal is interactive You get mentored in the liberal arts There are arts- these arts are best learned from people you’ve met, personally Guides who know you by name and make sure the liberal arts are coming alive for you, in thought, writing, speaking, and performing Your professors here at Hope love to learn this way. In community. With each other, and with you To put it another way: the Liberal Arts is education in community—personal, interactive, dynamic; the Liberal Arts are meant to draw you out—to mold and shape your mind and your practices with other people Fourth this Education in the Arts is meant to draw out the entire world of knowledge and practice and to help you see its complexity and texture—to educate you broadly and deeply So you take courses in the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences Sometimes there will be so much coming at you all at once You will have courses seeing the world from so many different perspectives It will be so much that the world seems like a jumble of information and skills—too much The liberal arts can be like that—drawing you out, overwhelming you at times —you maybe just hanging on at times The world is like that—very complex. You must be ready! And gradually, very gradually, we believe you will develop the knowledge and skills to sort out what is coming at you So the Liberal Arts Educate—tell your people that and explain how—especially if they laugh at the Ancient Path Alright, part three: The Liberal Arts Push you to Cogitate Alright, I’m kind of abusing the language here, but it rhymes. [laughter] So, when you are on break, tell your people you are learning how to cogitate We can be briefer with this term: the Liberal Arts not only teach you how to think, but so many ways to think, ponder, consider, reflect, examine, measure, analyze, conceive, understand, imagine, estimate, and create

Everyone get all those down? Just want to make sure Leon Kass describes the cogitation, this sort of cogitation as ‘thoughtfulness.’ He tell us that such thinking has “its origins in efforts to understand our experience Its most ordinary beginnings are in wonder and complexity,” he says… We are puzzled; we don’t understand And then he makes this interesting claim, this quote: “Recognition of ignorance is the beginning of thought.” So you’re not thinking, really, until you recognize something you don’t understand or don’t know So when people ask me, can you get a job with a liberal arts degree? I tell them that this sort of cogitation makes you keenly interesting to employers A Hope grad brings to work multiple ways to approach and analyze and even see a project or problem Multiple ways to engage and communicate with people So let’s throw in some real life examples: some time ago one of my students got hired straight out of Hope by an unusual company, a company that sold used wedding dresses Why did they hire my student? They liked her Religion major— it meant she could relate to people and their dreams and hopes and it would be an interesting group of people who were either selling their wedding dress, for whatever reason that might be, or buying a used one, whatever reason that might be They liked her sensitivity to people She had an accounting minor, so that drew them in; she could think about numbers and keep the books And they were intrigued by her interest in computers; she had one gen ed course in computer science They liked the three ways she could cogitate! Today she works for an on-line news service; and that one gen ed course in computer science turned out to be the key to her future So, thank goodness for the liberal arts education she received So, a second real life example from me A few years ago we were faced, we faced a real crisis in my family I have never felt so stressed out in my life My wife and I—both Hope grads—found ourselves scrambling and searching desperate to find answers, solutions, and ways to cope We turned to medicine, sociology, religion, education, communications, history, physical therapy, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience We were using so many different ways of thinking and cogitating all at once And we survived that time using every possible liberal art we could get our hands on And I took that advantage for granted—isn’t that how everyone thinks? But every so often, I would be somewhere with other troubled families and parents and I would see some people—very like us Broken, terrified, hanging on for dear life; parents with the same love and dedication But I would notice a difference They were good people, but they could see so very few ways to approach their situation and I realized what a gift I had in the liberal arts So explain to your people that cogitating is your game Part four: The Liberal Arts Articulate These terms are getting cooler—they’re getting more dynamic—so pay attention The liberal arts articulate, speak that truth to those pesky questioners on break! The Ancient Greeks and Romans knew all about this The knowledge and skills they sought were primed to make them successful in society —in public—and to make human society flourish Hope College actually embodies this ideal right in its mission statement There is this phrase therein that says: we “educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society.” We educate you with an eye toward a career, but also toward so much more So you need to be able to develop, deepen, and broaden your ideas But you also need to be able to express your ideas in vivid and compelling ways You must be able to persuade!!! As a historian I’m fascinated by how things change I’m also dazzled by how things come back into style again They were arguing before the lecture about whether the word “clutch” is still in style or out of style, if it’s coming back in style

I don’t know which In my student days being able to write well, get good grades, and score high on tests were the primary skills But today—more than ever—you all, as students and graduates, need to be able to present yourselves—in person and on screen And that makes you ancient—and brings us back to the world that gave birth to the liberal arts In classical Greece and Rome you could not make a great career for yourself without the ability to express your ideas For a few people this meant being able to write well But for every significant person it meant the ability to speak well in public, to capture, entrance, move, and persuade an audience Now, being able to write well was the focus back in my day as a student And writing is still huge—and we work hard on that Liberal Art here at Hope College —but more and more you need to be able to speak well and present well Social media expects it Skype and FaceTime—YouTube required if you go on there and present yourself I can imagine in a few years that applications and resumes will be sent to grad schools and employers on some sort of YouTube or virtual reality platform Every day we are more and more like the old Greeks and Romans So students with a liberal arts education will have a leg up on the competition in the future! The Liberal Arts are articulating you and empowering you to find multiple ways, to learn to speak and learn, discuss, and interact with others Few things please me more than watching a very quiet first year student grow into a very confident senior, strong in voice and expressing herself winsomely and comfortably with others One-on-one conversations with professors and chances to speak up in discussions and present work in small classes serve to prepare you for a dynamic and ever-changing future Part five: The Liberal Arts Liberate –Now—here’s a puzzle. The liberal arts—so what is up with that word “liberal”? Jonathan Hagood mentioned that in his introduction Perhaps someone you know will be thrilled that you are becoming “liberal” at Hope [laughter] Or you might have someone on break ask you why you didn’t go to a college where they taught you “the conservative arts” So this word “liberal” is really not meant to out you as a Democrat or complicate your life as a Republican The liberal arts are here to set you free, to liberate you! So here’s the shocker: your humanity is not complete. There’s more to come You are becoming human—and you will become more and more human the rest of your life if you are fortunate To put it another way, parts of your humanity are still undeveloped— and the only way to discover those parts of you is to expose you to the range of arts, humanities, natural, and social sciences And you just might find that you possess gifts, abilities, and passions you never knew about! Or that you have yet to develop Or there might be that subject you hated in high school, but find you love in college So I was a lucky kid growing up My parents took our family on trips all over the United States and to many national parks! They indulged my love of history with history museums and battlefields; and today I am a professional historian, so thanks Mom and Dad But when I came to Hope College in 1978 I had never been to an art museum, never attended an orchestra concert I had never studied a foreign language I had never eaten a slice of pizza—but that’s a story for another time [laughter] I also had no idea what really went on at a college I remember going to every info session at Orientation, because I had little idea of what was going on or how this place worked I was scared Two years later—I remember it like yesterday—1980—on a field trip to Chicago with Hope College; we visited the Art Institute there and at lunch we walked the streets of downtown with the art history professor, Jack Wilson He pointed left and right to the Chicago Skyline towering over us and the stunning, myriad architectural patterns

and styles That walk with Jack Wilson changed how I saw urban landscapes and spaces And seventeen years later it shaped how I would conceive and write my first book about two medieval German cities And in fact, right now I’m finishing a book —and the first few pages are all about a Renaissance painting So the architecture and art I did not know as a kid, now shapes my work The smallest, strangest, most irrelevant thing you learn today in class might turn up big in your life years from now What you learn and see now will shape what you create and do tomorrow Another example: my first Greek language classes was terrifying for me as a Hope student I had no idea how to study a foreign language But ten years later I was in Germany; reading and speaking German; I was sitting in city archives reading five to seven hundred year old hand written documents scribbled in different dialects of old German As an undergrad languages terrified me —I struggled and stressed— later languages would become a huge part of my life The liberal arts made me acquire competencies and skills I did not want, but would desperately need in the future and would grow to love And the kid who knew nothing of what college is about? He’s here before you—as a college professor So I didn’t know how much I knew about teaching and loved that until I came to Hope And I learned that I want to teach and learn with students—to grow and develop together with them to liberate our humanity together And I had my first slice of pizza in Kollen Hall, 3rd floor, Fall Semester, 1979 Alright, part six: The Liberal Arts Integrate The Ancient Path—educate, cogitate, articulate, liberate; now let’s integrate; let’s put things together Sometime here at Hope in the near future—all our learning from these liberal arts are supposed to come together for you, and for us, to form something of a whole Hope College made that coming together easy for me in 1979 I still see it in the course printed schedule — this is a little more recent vintage back in the day you had to get one of these to see what classes were being offered; and I saw the class Golden Age of Greece; one class, 18 credits: credit for foreign language, history, English, philosophy, and art history all in one class This year long class met 2 hours a day, five days a week and it showed me how various disciplines work together to help you see more, see farther, and see how things fit together This class laid the foundation for my professional work as a historian Moreover, my other gen ed classes at Hope, combined with my mind-blowing, soul-nourishing religion major [laughter] —and that got me started on a project I’m still completing— my lifeview and worldview Now, I know, it can seem or will seem like your courses are all about utterly different and unrelated things At times it might feel like nothing quite fits together in gen dd, sometimes even in your major Sometimes you have to go wide and deep before things become integrated That’s the theory of the liberal arts If you only become an expert in one thing—one field, one trade, one specialization, then you will have zero chance of seeing the big picture And your life will be forever a sequence of fragments Or you will have a very limited, compressed place from which to view the world and a narrow ledge on which to build your life So you go deep in various Gen Ed courses; you go even deeper if you go off campus, if you go overseas for a semester The world gets huge, but it can get clear too, and elemental—it shows us how society works, what makes us human So for quite a few years my wife and I lived in Tucson, Arizona and whenever people visited us we would take them four hours north to Grand Canyon Who’s been to Grand Canyon, here? Alright, a fair number of people, awesome

So I had the experience with visitors or guests who came, that when they came to the Canyon, they were sometimes very confused They would stand at the edge of the canyon and stare and say, “What’re we going to have for lunch?” [laughter] And it was like they couldn’t make sense of what they were seeing This great, grand thing was in front of them and they could not understand it Now, Grand Canyon is kind of amazing, it’s a mile deep, 277 miles long, 10 to 16 miles across So to understand what you are seeing at the Canyon —especially the first time— you need to get inside it: you need to walk down into the Canyon —or you need to see the IMAX movie I’m not kidding I took people to the IMAX movie before I would take them to the canyon because they would go on a plane ride in the movie down through the canyon and on the river and they would start to understand all these other canyons with canyons and buttes and mesas and intricate details, so when they got up to the top or got to the rim, their eyes could make out all the details as well as the whole So the liberal arts expose you in the same way to different fields within the arts, humanities, and sciences; and what looks like a flat landscape when you start at Hope, you start to get those details, those surprising vistas and hidden depths And it may seem odd how unrelated they are sorta chaotic at first, but they will come together And it will do so, especially if you are looking for three things and they’re listed on your outline there: First, your vocation—your calling—you’ve tasted this big world, now what are you supposed to do with it? What is your purpose? Whom are you supposed to help? Second, your lifeview—what kind of life are you called to live? —the where, how and why of your life My girlfriend and I figured that out at Hope before we left We explored those things and she’s been my wife for 33 years now We share the same values and faith, and a vision for our money, where and how we live, what we support What a guide that has been for us! That lifeview we found together Third is your Worldview—what do you make of this big wide world, this big wide universe? What do you believe about its meaning, and purpose, its beauty and tragic problems? And how does your vocation and lifeview fit into this world? If you are in FYS, then you are just beginning the journey If you are in senior seminar, you are toward the end, and you’ve traveled the path of the ancient arts On your way from first year seminar to senior seminar, be open to faculty, staff, and students who can mentor you and direct you on that journey So let me introduce you to some Hope people, just a few people that to me exemplify this There’s Erica—who was a women and gender studies, religion, and history triple major She was a student who tried to stay ahead of her courses by getting her homework done 1 to 2 weeks in advance [laughter] so she could pursue her own research projects while at Hope She was picked up by CNN, who hired her as a researcher Her vision and desire to learn bounced right into a job There’s Kathleen—a liberal arts phenom at Hope—a triple major in French, dance, and pre-med: Kathleen was a brilliant student, gifted dancer, and a woman of deep faith—and so much fun; her laugh still rings in my ears She took a semester abroad in France When Kathleen graduated from Hope, medical schools fought over her and today she’s an MD, specializing in treating spors- indu–excuse me, sports injuries, especially dance related injuries So all her interests came together at Hope and have shaped how she lives There’s Seth and Stephanie Copperdale above me They were religion and social work majors when at Hope College, but right now they pastor a church in New Jersey—near New York City; they started their ministry in the weeks before 9-11 before the [Twin] Towers came down They’ve been preaching the Gospel and caring for the needy and hurting people ever since; their church becomes family to foster kids turning adult, supports military vets struggling to settle back

into their community, welcomes poor people to their church kitchen for job training, shelters immigrants fearing deportation Today Seth is fed up with politics in his state—so he’s running for Governor of New Jersey And you can see his campaign slogan there behind me, echoing his Christian faith: “The Last are First.” The people most in need are the people who come first in his campaign Vocation, lifeview and worldview all coming together… Or how about one of Hope’s revered alumni? You’ve probably seen this picture around campus A. J. Muste, one of the most influential peace activists of the twentieth century You might be sitting in his chair He was once a student here in the early twentieth century and this auditorium was the chapel And Chapel was mandatory, so Muste was here! And a famous Hope graduate who found his vocation here Anyway, there are many more, and we look forward to learning your stories in the future as you go forward Part seven, the last one: The Liberal Arts Illuminate Maybe you’ve been thinking this by now Isn’t the speaker a religion professor? What a loser! [laughter] No word about religion or God? I got you So it’s fall of 1978 and I’m in my room in Zweemer Hall—yeah, you never heard of it, I’m sure. Zweemer Hall Well they tore it down after my freshman year, but that’s another story [laughter] but I’m in my freshman dorm room—and I’m writing really primitive but very earnest poetry—it’s all about how I’m going to keep my simple Christian faith—how I’m not going to let this academic college stuff mess with my love for Jesus You see, I had grown up in a marvelous public school system—but in my school you had to keep your faith to yourself Teachers were not very friendly when religion came up So I spent most of grades 7 to 12, trying to keep my education from polluting and warping my faith I loved to learn, but I did not trust human learning I wanted to keep that secular, godless poison out of my faith. So I wrote a poem I’m not going to quote it here; Hope College was not going to ruin me; that’s what I versed and rhymed My simple faith would rule and keep me safe But little did I know, I was already changing in my first few months at Hope The liberal arts were out to get me You see that change in me had already occurred 2,000 years before Early Christians came to believe that the Liberal Arts are God’s greatest gift to humanity (or one of God’s great gifts to humanity)—delivered through the Greeks and Romans They also believed that Christian faith could infuse light, energize, and unfold the liberal arts and bring them to their glorious maturation and fulfillment And that’s part of our project at Hope Christian faith can illuminate and bedazzle your exploration of the arts, humanities, and sciences In fact, the Ancient Christian Theologian, Justin the Martyr, some of you just read him in class, proclaimed that Christ is the very Word—the very pattern and matrix at the heart of every form of science, performance, and knowledge Where truth is found, Christ is there But there is more, Justin said—we know this Word beneath and within all things This Jesus the Christ the Word is God in the flesh, come to bring salvation That Word is Jesus the Christ made personal to us So when Christian faith illuminates the liberal arts, all things become new and the human quest for knowledge and discovery can accelerate That’s the truth I discovered at Hope. And that truth healed my soul I came to Hope with a ravenous mind at war with itself. Desperate to preserve faith, suspicious of learning Hope taught me how to bring faith and learning together. And that discovery has filled my life with wonder and joy So the liberal arts educate, cogitate, liberate, and integrate to their fullest when the divine light of grace illuminates learning, research, and performance So I don’t want to sugarcoat illumination, though God’s great dazzling light pouring around and through all things is not all bliss and brightness Bringing Christian faith together with the arts, humanities, and sciences can

be inspiring, it can also be hard and exhausting work There are always new challenges, new ideas, new questions, new problems That’s why we need you! Some of my generation of Christian liberal artists (an I’ll include myself there) —illuminated by the grace of Christ—we are entering some of our its last laps of work Some of you need to rise up and take our places in colleges and companies and industries and neighborhoods and churches The Illumination of the Liberal Arts and the Christian faith needs to happen in and through you—right here, right now—while at Hope College And when it happens, that divine luminescence will light your path the rest of your life So, do you have one of those lifeview/worldview, verses, or slogans, or mottos? My citation’s listed there on your outline From the bible, first- it’s from Philippians 1:9-11 —it strikes me so much, this passage in light of the liberal arts The apostle Paul, that ancient Christian writes, “It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more…” So love may abound more and more, that’s a lot And then comes the next phrase which is kind of a surprise, “your love may abound more and more…with knowledge And with discernment.” Now we’re thinking and knowing Expressing so that you may approve what is excellent –also, noble goal of the liberal arts, to be excellent in all things And may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ So, this is my desire for my students: a liberal arts education illuminated with the grace and glory of God Alright, to finish up here. The liberal arts these days are your job. But someday they will help you get a job Mark Roche, in his book, Why Choose the Liberal Arts, puts it this way: “The record is clear In pursuing the liberal arts, students develop capacities that allow them to excel in any endeavor And the best firms and companies know of these capacities, and value them.” As Roche notes, the liberal arts prepare you for positions available now and that’s a very interesting phrase here at the end He says, quote, “and for those that have yet to be invented or discovered.” There are jobs out there just coming into being And you’ll have the skills and knowledge to go after those So when they ask you—on Fall Break–what’s going on at Hope College? Be clutch Tell them Tell them about the Ancient Path; tell them what the liberal arts do: how they educate, cogitate, articulate, liberate, integrate, and illuminate Tell them there is no better education for your career, your life, and your very soul Tell them And thanks for listening and for coming to Hope College [applause] So, thank you, thank you. Questions? Unidentified person: yes [indistinguishable] any questions? Tyler: comments? disagreements” [pause] Cady. Provost. Short time. I’m so sorry Provost: [indistinguishable] Tyler: Yeah, so, the question is you know that universities are claiming that they do similar things at large universities So obviously scale is one that we, you know, more personal, more direct, more opportunities to practice

some of the things that I mentioned You know it’s interesting, I went to a very high-powered doctoral program out of Hope and Seminary and you know I was kind of overwhelmed by the people who were there from all over the country, all over the world People who come from big universities who seemed more savvy than I was and I remember we got to the end of our program and we were having lunch one day and we were talking about applying for jobs and they were asking me a lot of really direct questions about where I was applying and what my plans were and they just kept going and going and as I pressed them, they were kind of nervous about me And I don’t [laughs] I don’t think it’s because I thought they were –they thought I was smarter than they were, but I think they thought I had certain skills from my liberal arts education that made me better interpersonally, that made me better in interviews That made me a better writer and speaker than quite a few of them, you know, and so back to those skills that you develop here I think the other thing we see that I see from people in the area here is that, so you’re exploring the liberal arts –I’ve already had students come visit my office about the religion major or minor, which is cool, who are freshmen, but but you know students change their mind here and we really work hard with students when they change their mind, when they feel that calling come from a new place, to work with them, to make that happen as quickly and efficiently as possible And so you have students who here are four years, four and a half years, five years, maybe, but you know the other schools, they are six, seven years at a large research university, switching very slowly, and they end up spending more money! That’s many years of their lives, switching So I think we’re also able to adapt with students as they grow and explore. So… [pause] Yes! [indistinguishable question] Yeah, so the question’s so how do you find what you had in college, kind of, this kind of environment? I don’t know to what degree social media does that I’m only on LinkedIn, true confessions here [laughs] and not any other platform You know I think, I oh well, for me the answer is the Church The Church is an obvious place to meet people and find community like that Create, you know, create community Create reading groups, create –fellow employees, that get together and share and read and explore and watch movies I, I think that’s probably what I would suggest. You have ideas? About what you think you’re going to do to simulate college outside of college? Questioner: I’d say I’m in the bridge to joining Facebook Hagood: We’re not the best people to ask Tyler: [laughs] Yeah, we never left Hagood: We don’t necessarily know. Please join me in thanking Dr. Jeff Tyler [applause]