Our Mission

To educate students, teachers, and lifelong learners in the purpose and power of the liberal arts and liberal education.

For Students

The Arts of Liberty offers explanations and advice on cultivating one’s temperament, passions, and virtues.

For Teachers

This Project provides scholarly teaching and curriculum materials on the liberal arts and liberal education.

For Lifelong Learners

We offer articles, timelines, and galleries that explain the liberal arts and liberal education.

"Portia's Powerful Tongue: The Ethics of Lady Rhetoric in The Merchant of Venice"
by Dr. Scott F. Crider

"...ethical rhetoric is a difficult achievement. In the ethical moment of disposing means to end, the rhetor is only imperfectly in command of a fallen world, and if this limitation can lead a woman of Portia’s moral and intellectual virtue to error in her sacrificing a tragic usurer to secure comic marriages, we ought not be overly confident in either the virtue of our own rhetoric or the exactitude of our own generic terms."

"Athena as Founder and Statesman in the Eumenides of Aeschylus"
by Dr. John Alvis

"The Oresteia develops upon three levels: the theological, the political, and the ethical. The theological development moves from divisiveness among the gods to the consolidation of the rule of Zeus; the political development moves from Troy to Argos to Athens; and the ethical development moves from will without restraint, to will subject to responsibility, to self-rule fully responsible to religious, familial, and political obligations."

"The Cave and the Quadrivium: Mathematics in Classical Education"
by Dr. Jeffrey S. Lehman

"Are these quadrivial arts, in contrast to those of the trivium, simply outmoded today? If so, why? If not, how might they inspire and be incorporated into the curricula of classical schools? In order to answer these questions, we must first begin by getting a clear sense of what the quadrivial arts are, as well as what they are not. To do so, we will turn to Plato’s Republic, one of the fountainheads of education in the Western tradition."

Classical Education Graduate Program at the University of Dallas

By providing foundations in classical principles and pedagogy, the Classical Education Graduate Program aspires to form educators as master teachers. Students in the program explore the historical, philosophic, literary, aesthetic, rhetorical, and scientific roots of the liberal arts in the Western tradition. With a dedicated faculty and staff drawing on extensive experience in the academy and the classical classroom, and assisted by UD's world-class undergraduate faculty, the Classical Education Graduate Program combines the ethos of the University's core curriculum tradition with a concentration on the theory and practice of classical education, bringing these to working and aspiring classical school teachers, school administrators, and others both locally and around the country.