❮ Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Live!

Volume 22: Liberal Arts College (1960)

One 1-hour lecture.

Christianity is based on the experience that in every generation there is so much calamity, so much end of the world, so much catastrophe, that those who are loved enough by their maker to survive the catastrophe, as the fruit of this catastrophe, will begin to speak a new language. That’s a people of the spirit. It cannot be anticipated. It cannot be planned. It cannot be pre-organized. It can be believed in.

—March 3, 1960

In this lecture, Rosenstock-Huessy argues that colleges and universities today do not prepare one for creating a future. He describes different types of groups we belong to; what those groups mean to us in terms of our past, present, and future, and how traditional colleges teach about the past and present only. His definite ideas on what the liberal arts college should teach would make an interesting foundation for a new approach to developing a “truly human” curriculum.