Champions Series: Roosevelt Montás
October 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
Why the Great Books Matter for a New Generation
At a time when the value of the humanities and the merits of the Western canon are under attack, Roosevelt Montás, who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to New York City at age 12, will discuss why Great Books are relevant today, especially to members of historically marginalized communities. Drawing on his experience as an immigrant, a low-income student at an ivy league university, a faculty member, and the administrator of Columbia’s Core Curriculum program, Roosevelt will discuss the challenges and opportunities of liberal education today.
This event is only for NACU campuses and made possible through the generous support of the Teagle Foundation. A registration link will be sent to campuses. If you would like to register but do not have the link, please contact Michelle Apuzzio.
About Roosevelt Montás
Roosevelt Montás is senior lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for American Studies and director of its Freedom and Citizenship Program, which introduces low-income high school students to the Western political tradition through the study of foundational texts. From 2008 to 2018, he was director of Columbia’s Center for the Core Curriculum.
Roosevelt specializes in Antebellum American literature and culture, with a particular interest in American citizenship. His book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation (Princeton University Press) will be released in November 2021.