Slide #1 Welcome to our Liberal Arts class, called capstone. Thisclass is in its third generation that the class has been held.Today we have four different groups that will presenting to youtoday the subject of “Tolerance and Acceptance.” With theleadership and guidance of Professor Healey we have explored theliberal arts in many ways, shapes, form, and from many differentangles as well as perceptions. Thank you for coming.Slide #2 Q: You might be asking yourself what is the CapstoneProgram?Slide #3 The Capstone project is the summation of our educationwhere we bring together everything we have learned at ouresteemed university. We come together and we utilize ourknowledge to demonstrate our skills, and the cultivation of ournow honed skills. We are given a problem and use our criticalthinking skills to address it and solve it.Slide #4 Q: What is the Liberal arts you may ask? A:Well that would be an excellent question. Loosely theLiberal Arts is a curriculum totaling a broad undergraduateprogram of education that stress’s the core courses, so as tohave a very broad knowledge base that can be used anywhere inlife.(NOTE: The seven liberal arts – Picture from the Hortusdeliciarum of Herrad von Landsberg (12th century)Slide #5 The term liberal arts denotes a curriculum that impartsgeneral knowledge. It is a curriculum that develops thestudent’s rational thought and intellectual capabilities, unlikethe professional, vocational and technical curriculum that
typically emphasize a distinct specialization in a field. Intoday’s day and age the liberal arts means studying a littleof everything, literature, languages, philosophy, history,mathematics, and science.Slide #6 (NOTE: Socrates pictured on Left) The concept of learning just because one loves to learn wasbrought about by Socrates, who is considered “the father ofwestern philosophy.” He believe d there was more to learningthen just understanding the basics necessary to survive.Socrates taught by walking around and proposing questions andpotential answers. Although he never wrote down his conceptsand beliefs, others recorded his thoughts ideas andconversations as notes. One of his most famous and recognizedstudents was Plato. Yet it was Plato who established the first true school ofAcademia, called “the Academy” in 385 B.C. Still it was notset up as schools are today with desks and black boards, hestayed true to Socrates methodology of teaching on a exploratorywalk. Plato seems to have carried on the philosophy ofSocrates, concentrating on the dialectical examination of basicethical issues: what is friendship? what is virtue? can virtuebe taught? and more. Plato’s most famous student wasAristotle.(NOTE: Pictured on right hand of the slide, Plato on right,Aristotle on left)Slide #7 Philosophy is the study of general and fundamentalproblems, such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind,and language. It is distinguished from other ways ofaddressing such problems by its critical, generally systematicapproach and its reliance on rational argument. The word"philosophy" comes from the Greek “philosophia”(φιλοσοφία),which literally means "love of wisdom", and was originally aword referring to the special way of life of early Greekphilosophers.
Slide #8Here are shown how the seven liberal arts was broken down:The Trivium: A word that is a Latin term meaning “the threeways” or “the three roads” forming the foundation of a medievalliberal arts education. This study was preparatory for thequadrivium.Grammer; is the mechanics of a language;Logic(dialectic); is the "mechanics" of thought and analysis;Rhetoric; is the use of language to instruct and persuade.the Quadrivium; is comprised of four subjects, or arts, taughtafter the trivium. The word is Latin, and means "the four ways"or "the four roads". Together, the trivium and the quadriviumcomprised the seven liberal arts. The quadrivium wasconsidered preparatory work for the serious study of philosophyand theology.The Four original subjects of the Quadrivium were arithmetic,astronomy, music, and geometry.Slide #9 As time has progressed we have adapted, honed and refinedthese concepts. The Trivium has been translated into thehumanities.Slide #10 The Quadrivium has become the Sciences and Mathematics.Slide #11Put the two together and you have a school of thought that hastruly given you a wide spread resource to turn and use as weprogress into scholars in this day and age. It is us thattruly are the lucky ones, we can do anything anywhere for wehave the knowledge to do so, and to adapt to any problem thatcomes across our paths.
“Gratias ago vos magister vigoratus , vos have paratus nos ineoorbis terrarum , neque nec tantum sedeo in is tamen ut thrive ,ut verus scholasticus.”Thank you Professor Healy, you have prepared us to enter theworld, and not only reside in it but to thrive, as true scholars.