About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Arts of Liberty is to educate students, teachers, and lifelong learners in the purpose and power of the liberal arts and liberal education. To accomplish this mission, we offer a variety of online, interdisciplinary resources intended to form and to foster a knowledge and a love of the liberal arts and liberal education.

Our resources are for everyone—from the newcomer with a budding desire to learn but with little knowledge of the liberal arts and liberal education, to the seasoned scholar who already knows and loves this tradition of education and is seeking to deepen that knowledge and love.

Our Vision

Our vision is to equip all who seek the True, Good, and Beautiful with the arts that free us from vice and free us for virtue, that ennoble us as persons and enable us to lead others rightly, that begin in wonder and end in wisdom. By providing these resources, we desire to assist all lovers of wisdom by arming them with the arts of liberty.

Arts of Liberty is a Project of the University of Dallas, an academic institution with a long and distinguished history of promoting the liberal arts and providing an exceptional liberal education. UD’s mission is “to educate its students so they may develop the intellectual and moral virtues, prepare themselves for life and work in a problematic and changing world, and become leaders able to act responsibly for their own good and for the good of their family, community, country, and church.” Arts of Liberty is a natural outgrowth of UD’s mission, one that seeks to share the riches of the liberal arts and liberal education with the world.

Our Services

Our resources include lesson plans for entire courses on the classical liberal arts of logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy as well as study guides for great books on mathematics, natural science, literature, history, politics, philosophy, and theology. Our image galleries include commentaries on high-quality images of art and architecture as these embody the tradition of liberal education. Such images are ideal for helping orient the student by contextualizing the liberal arts and liberal education in time and place; they also bear witness to the way this tradition has had an enduring influence on Western culture. Our civilization timelines includes images, text, video clips, and other supporting materials that tell the story of education in the Western tradition and contextualize that story within the larger scope of world history.

In the near future, we plan to unveil several new resources, including a series of podcasts, additional audio and video resources, and a module of the websites dedicated to understanding and practicing the moral and intellectual virtues.

These resources will be of use to anyone who wishes to acquire a knowledge of the liberal arts and the great books for themselves or to teach the same to others. The entire web site is a collaborative effort, involving scholars and educators from around the world who are actively engaged in liberal education at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

Our History

The Arts of Liberty Project began as an idea Dr. Jeffrey Lehman had as a graduate student at the University of Dallas. He saw the wealth of wisdom in the Western tradition, but he also saw the dire need to recover that wisdom for the modern world. While teaching at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, Dr. Lehman founded the project. Together with colleagues at TAC and friends elsewhere, he advanced the project from an initial idea to a well-developed website. After leaving TAC to develop an undergraduate program in classical education at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, Dr. Lehman returned to the University of Dallas, where it all began. In addition to serving as graduate director for UD’s master’s and certificate programs in classical education, he also continues to serve as the executive director of Arts of Liberty, now a formal initiative of UD. Today thousands of students, teachers, and lifelong learners from across the world have used our materials to study the liberal arts and liberal education.

Our Impact

The Arts of Liberty has produced over 50 scholarly study guides on great books throughout the Western Tradition. We’ve also sponsored and published online 8 books and courses on the liberal arts and liberal education. We have partnerships across the U.S with 28 schools, who use our materials in the classrooms. We collaborate with the University of Dallas’ Classical Education M.A. Program, and we are an affiliate of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE).

Donate

Your donation supports the ongoing work of Arts of Liberty to educate students, teachers, and lifelong learners in the liberal arts and liberal education, specifically through the following endeavors:

  • Publication of books, lesson plans for entire courses or individual use, and scholarly articles;
  • Publication of analysis and commentary on the liberal arts and liberal education;
  • Commissioned research projects;
  • Creation of online reference materials.

You can mail a check to the following address:

Arts of Liberty

1845 E Northgate Dr.

Irving, TX 75062.

 

Our Team

Jeffrey Lehman
Founder & President

Jeffrey Lehman, Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Arts of Liberty Project. He earned a B. A. from…

Matthew Post
Director of Education in Virtue, Character, & Civics

Matthew Post, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts at the University of Dallas…

Shannon Valenzuela
Creative Director

Shannon Valenzuela, Ph.D., is the Creative Director for the Arts of Liberty Project. She earned a B.A. in English and…

Patrick Friddle
Graduate Fellow

Patrick is a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Arts in English Literature at the University of Dallas, as well…

Emily Lehman
Editorial Consultant

Emily Lehman, M.A., is an editorial consultant at Arts of Liberty and a Fulbright fellow in the United Kingdom. She…

Joseph Boyle
Graduate Fellow

Joseph is a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Arts in English Literature at the University of Dallas, as well…

Fellowships

Scholars

To recover and revive the liberal arts and liberal education in this era, we need scholars who can write books, lesson plans, articles, and study guides with insight and excellence. Please contact us if you are interested in changing the world and have the experience and expertise to do so. We welcome all forms of contribution, great or small.

Graduate Students

We are developing a network of graduate students from across the United States who are interested in recovering and reviving the liberal arts in higher education and secondary education. This network uses and produces Arts of Liberty materials, such as the courses and study guides. Join our community of learners and teachers!

 

Partnerships

Schools & Charter School Systems

We partner with schools and school systems for curriculum help and course packages. Please contact us if you too want to educate the next generation of liberal artists by partnering with us.

Institutes

We love to partner with institutes inside and outside of the realm of education. Although the liberal arts are taught in the classroom, they can and ought to be used in the world. We partner with institutes to help them apply the skills of the liberal arts and the moral and intellectual wisdom of the liberal education.

Teachers

Teachers are on the front lines of recovering the liberal arts in the classroom. They have a special role to play in the revival of liberal education in this country. We want to support you with our materials, but you can also support us with your feedback and suggestions. 

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