As the cost of living soars and the arts & culture sector continues to seem stuck in perilous stagnation, more and more young people choose their further education based on its perceived usefulness in future careers - leading them into the sciences in droves. While the trends of today make it no shock that fewer and fewer students pursuing a post-secondary education cast a friendly eye on the “impractical” liberal arts, studies have continually shown that there is minimal long-run financial gain for those who eschew them in favour of hard sciences or business degrees. Spur asks: what is the true value of a liberal arts education, both to the individual and to wider society? Do the liberal arts and the sciences interact in a meaningful way, and does their separation negatively impact either or both field? What is the future of the suffering liberal arts?
The conversation will be moderated by Univeristy of King's College Professor and Director of the History of Science and Technology Programme Dr Melanie Frappier.