Dean, College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University

Practicing the Arts of Liberty

At a time when the value of higher education is being called into question, when the speed of information threatens to overwhelm our capacities for good judgment, a new commitment to general education as a distinctive cornerstone of the arts of liberty is as vital as it is urgent. In his keynote address, Dean Long will offer a full-throated defense of the virtues of the arts of liberty as the core of an education that prepares citizens to live engaged, responsible, and meaningful lives in a complex, interconnected, 21st-century world.  

About Dr. Long

Christopher P. Long is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. His extensive publications in Ancient Greek and Contemporary Continental Philosophy include four books: The Ethics of Ontology (SUNY 2004), Aristotle On the Nature of Truth (Cambridge 2010), Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading (Cambridge 2014), and Reiner Schürmann and the Poetics of Politics (Punctum 2018).

He is co-founder of the Public Philosophy Journal (, editor of the Journal for General Education, and a co-PI for the Mellon Funded HuMetricsHSS initiative (

To learn more about his administrative approach and his recent research in philosophy, digital scholarly communication, and higher education, visit his blog: or reach him on Twitter @cplong.

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This page updated May 11 , 2018