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New Haven's Henry Seyue Reads Hughes' 'I, Too' At Jefferson Lecture
10.18.2022 | Teagle in the News

New Haven's Henry Seyue Reads Hughes' 'I, Too' At Jefferson Lecture

Henry Seyue, an alumnus of Citizens, Thinkers, Writers, a Knowledge for Freedom program at Yale University, read the Langston Hughes’ poem "I, Too" at the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, which was delivered by Teagle President Andrew Delbanco. 

10/18/2022 12:00:00 AM
New Haven man, 23, to read poem at national lecture series in D.C.
10.18.2022 | Teagle in the News

New Haven man, 23, to read poem at national lecture series in D.C.

Henry Segue, a Knowledge for Freedom program alumnus, was chosen to read a poem at the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities because he exemplifies how a grounding in liberal arts enables us to study humanity’s deepest questions, wrestle with difficult topics and serve as thoughtful, engaged citizens.

10/18/2022 12:00:00 AM
Academy of Civic Life Hosts Inaugural Summer Program for Underrepresented High School Students
08.15.2022 | Teagle in the News

Academy of Civic Life Hosts Inaugural Summer Program for Underrepresented High School Students

The Academy of Civic Life (ACL) at Stony Brook University offers high school students a real college experience, living on campus and attending a rigorous three-week seminar.

8/15/2022 12:00:00 AM
Freedom and Citizenship: High Schoolers in Upper Manhattan Elevate Their Voices for Change
08.09.2022 | Teagle in the News

Freedom and Citizenship: High Schoolers in Upper Manhattan Elevate Their Voices for Change

Four students share their experiences at Columbia University’s Freedom and Citizenship program in summer 2022. 

8/9/2022 12:00:00 AM
Bronx Students Have New ‘Visions of the Good’ After Fordham Summer Program
07.28.2022 | Teagle in the News

Bronx Students Have New ‘Visions of the Good’ After Fordham Summer Program

At a new Knowledge for Freedom summer program at Fordham called “Visions of the Good in the Bronx,” sixteen students from Bronx high schools spent two weeks learning about philosophy, college life, and more.

7/28/2022 12:00:00 AM
What’s Really Wrong With Our Flawed System of Elite College Admissions
05.16.2022 | Teagle in the News

What’s Really Wrong With Our Flawed System of Elite College Admissions

One way to expand educational opportunity is through precollege summer programs like the Teagle Foundation's Knowledge for Freedom initiative, which exposes diverse, highly talented, and driven high school students to college faculty and meaningful college-level research, writing, and discussion.

5/16/2022 12:00:00 AM
Dickinson’s “Knowledge for Freedom” seminar aims to give HS seniors timely lessons through history
05.09.2022 | Teagle in the News

Dickinson’s “Knowledge for Freedom” seminar aims to give HS seniors timely lessons through history

Funded by a Knowledge for Freedom initiative grant, Dickinson College’s House Divided Project, which examines the Civil War and Reconstruction, is hosting a college-level seminar for high school seniors to explore questions of freedom, democracy and self-government. The free, three-week program includes trips to Washington D.C., Gettysburg and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. It’s aimed at low-income and first generation college-bound students.

5/9/2022 12:00:00 AM
Do the Great Books Hold the Keys to Success?
05.01.2022 | Teagle in the News

Do the Great Books Hold the Keys to Success?

An interview with Roosevelt Montás, author of Rescuing Socrates, on why liberal education is more important than ever. Montás is a Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and the Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program.

5/1/2022 12:00:00 AM
Freedom Scholars program selects inaugural cohort of high school students
04.27.2022 | Teagle in the News

Freedom Scholars program selects inaugural cohort of high school students

Funded by a Knowledge for Freedom grant, 15 inaugural Freedom Scholars will complete a two-week, intensive, residential experience at Elon for the rising seniors from the Alamance-Burlington School System this summer followed by a year of programming and college application support.

4/27/2022 12:00:00 AM
Why the Great Books Still Matter
04.12.2022 | Teagle in the News

Why the Great Books Still Matter

Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program, makes the case for the liberal arts.

4/12/2022 12:00:00 AM
UD’s College Citizens Program to serve first-gen DFW high school seniors
03.30.2022 | Teagle in the News

UD’s College Citizens Program to serve first-gen DFW high school seniors

In July, the University of Dallas (UD) will host its first Knowledge for Freedom program, "College Citizens," which will allow twelve rising high school seniors from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to spend three weeks at UD, taking a liberal arts interdisciplinary class and experiencing life on a college campus for free.

3/30/2022 12:00:00 AM
Elon Launches Freedom & Democracy Summer Program for High School Students
03.29.2022 | Teagle in the News

Elon Launches Freedom & Democracy Summer Program for High School Students

Funded by a $300,000 Knowledge for Freedom initiative grant, an interdisciplinary team of professors at Elon University are launching a free, two-week, philosophy-centric residential summer program on democracy and civic engagement for underserved students entering their senior year of high school.

3/29/2022 12:00:00 AM
Philosopher Wins $300K Grant For “Good Life” Project With Bronx Teens
03.10.2022 | Teagle in the News

Philosopher Wins $300K Grant For “Good Life” Project With Bronx Teens

A $300,000 Knowledge for Freedom initiative grant to Fordham University will fund a three week summer bridge program in philosophy for fifteen high school students from the Bronx.

3/10/2022 12:00:00 AM
Fordham Launches ‘Visions of the Good’ for Bronx High School Students
03.09.2022 | Teagle in the News

Fordham Launches ‘Visions of the Good’ for Bronx High School Students

A three-week summer program called "Visions of the Good in the Bronx" at Fordham University, funded by a $300,000 Knowledge for Freedom grant from The Teagle Foundation, will allow high school students from the Bronx to contemplate big philosophical questions, explore a college campus, and receive college application help.

3/9/2022 12:00:00 AM
How America’s broken undergraduate education system can be fixed
03.03.2022 | Teagle in the News

How America’s broken undergraduate education system can be fixed

Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program, is quoted in a piece about how student learning needs to be reimagined.

3/3/2022 12:00:00 AM
In 1961, MLK taught a college class. Its syllabus might be contentious today
02.26.2022 | Teagle in the News

In 1961, MLK taught a college class. Its syllabus might be contentious today

Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program, discusses the "Social Philosophy I" course that Martin Luther King Jr. taught at Morehouse College in 1961.

2/26/2022 12:00:00 AM
Brian Rosenberg on How the Humanities End—and Might Be Saved with Brendan Boyle
02.21.2022 | Teagle's Partner Thoughts

Brian Rosenberg on How the Humanities End—and Might Be Saved with Brendan Boyle

Brian Rosenberg, who serves on Teagle's board, talks about the value of the humanities in American higher education, especially for historically underserved students. He highlights Teagle's Cornerstone: Living for Learning and Knowledge for Freedom initiatives.

2/21/2022 12:00:00 AM
The Odyssey of Roosevelt Montás
02.20.2022 | Teagle in the News

The Odyssey of Roosevelt Montás

This review of Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás calls it a valuable and thoughtful book that makes a contribution to the ongoing debate over the past, present, and future of liberal-arts education in the United States. Montás is a Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program.

2/20/2022 12:00:00 AM
Core curriculum: A case for the influence of four key thinkers
02.18.2022 | Teagle in the News

Core curriculum: A case for the influence of four key thinkers

This review of Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás calls it refreshing and nuanced, heartfelt and humane. Montás is a Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program.

2/18/2022 12:00:00 AM
An Ode to The Core Curriculum
02.18.2022 | Teagle in the News

An Ode to The Core Curriculum

Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program, argues in favor of teaching the classics to everyone—especially marginalized students—and talks about how the "Great Books" influenced his life.

2/18/2022 12:00:00 AM
Honors College Grant to Aid Underprivileged High-Schoolers
01.30.2022 | Teagle in the News

Honors College Grant to Aid Underprivileged High-Schoolers

A $25,000 Knowledge for Freedom planning grant will support a three-week symposium titled “One Person Can Change the World” for underprivileged high school juniors in Broward County, Florida.

1/30/2022 12:00:00 AM
Great books are still great
01.21.2022 | Teagle in the News

Great books are still great

Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program, writes that he did not need to be rich, privileged, or cultured to find something in great literature that spoke to the deepest sense of his own being. Since 2009, he has been introducing low-income high school students to intellectual traditions inspired by Socrates. Old classics still have the power to move and transform young people.

1/21/2022 12:00:00 AM
Great Books, Graduate Students, and the Value of Fun in Higher Education
01.20.2022 | Teagle in the News

Great Books, Graduate Students, and the Value of Fun in Higher Education

Leonard Cassuto joins in the generalist-versus-specialist debate inspired by Rescuing Socrates, a new book by Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program.

1/20/2022 12:00:00 AM
This Is the Way the Humanities End
01.07.2022 | Teagle's Partner Thoughts

This Is the Way the Humanities End

Brian Rosenberg, who serves on the board of the Teagle Foundation, speaks to Roosevelt Montás's approach to the humanities, which moves away from hyper-specialization and toward a meaningful encounter with a new generation of students.

1/7/2022 12:00:00 AM
 Rethinking the Performance Gap
01.06.2022 | Teagle in the News

Rethinking the Performance Gap

The Teagle Foundation's Knowledge for Freedom Program appears on a list of seven proven strategies to help colleges advance academic equity, reduce disparities in graduation rates, and maximize every student's educational outcome.

1/6/2022 12:00:00 AM
Teach public school kids the classic books
01.04.2022 | Teagle in the News

Teach public school kids the classic books

Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program, argues that low-income students deserve the same opportunities to read the classics.

1/4/2022 12:00:00 AM
Can the Humanities Truly Transform Undergraduates’ Lives?
01.03.2022 | Teagle in the News

Can the Humanities Truly Transform Undergraduates’ Lives?

Steven Mintz summarizes and responds to Louis Menard's review of Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation by Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program.

1/3/2022 12:00:00 AM
Rescuing Great Books from the Elites
01.03.2022 | Teagle in the News

Rescuing Great Books from the Elites

Read (or listen) to an interview with Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program about his life and his book Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation.

1/3/2022 12:00:00 AM
Roosevelt Montás on the Virtues of a Liberal Education
01.03.2022 | Teagle in the News

Roosevelt Montás on the Virtues of a Liberal Education

An interview with Roosevelt Montás about liberal education and his critically acclaimed book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation. Montás is a Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program.

1/3/2022 12:00:00 AM
Opinion: In an acrimonious time, some welcome fresh attention to Socrates and civilized arguing
12.31.2021 | Teagle in the News

Opinion: In an acrimonious time, some welcome fresh attention to Socrates and civilized arguing

Columnist George Will favorably reviews Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation by Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program.
 

12/31/2021 12:00:00 AM
First-Generation Brooklynites Are Getting Into College Thanks to This Growing Organization
12.21.2021 | Teagle in the News

First-Generation Brooklynites Are Getting Into College Thanks to This Growing Organization

The Knowledge for Freedom Program is helping first-generation and low-income students at 11 Brooklyn high schools to achieve their higher education goals.

12/21/2021 12:00:00 AM
12.17.2021 | Teagle in the News

Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People

In The New York Times, John McWhorter favorably reviews Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation by Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program. 

12/17/2021 12:00:00 AM
Elon University's Freedom Scholars
12.16.2021 | Teagle in the News

Elon University's Freedom Scholars

With support from a $300,000 Teagle grant, Elon’s Freedom Scholars to welcome area high school students in summer 2022.

12/16/2021 12:00:00 AM
Achieving Both Breadth and Depth in Education Philanthropy
12.15.2021 | Staff Writings

Achieving Both Breadth and Depth in Education Philanthropy

Teagle Senior Program Officer Annie W. Bezbatchenko and Program Director Tamara Mann Tweel on how the Foundation balances focus and reach across initiatives.

12/15/2021 12:00:00 AM
Do Great Books still matter? For Roosevelt Montás, they are essential.
12.15.2021 | Teagle in the News

Do Great Books still matter? For Roosevelt Montás, they are essential.

Read more about Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program, and his defense of a great books curriculum in his new book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation.

12/15/2021 12:00:00 AM
Ep. 40 Roosevelt Montás,
12.14.2021 | Teagle in the News

Ep. 40 Roosevelt Montás, "Rescuing Socrates"

Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program, joins the Booknotes+ podcast from C-Span to discuss his latest book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation.

12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM
The Left Should Defend Classical Education
12.06.2021 | Teagle in the News

The Left Should Defend Classical Education

This review of Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member argues that a great books education should be available to working-class people.

12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM
Why the Core Matters for a New Generation
11.16.2021 | Teagle in the News

Why the Core Matters for a New Generation

Roosevelt Montás on how if done right, required classes bring campuses together and are a boon to the humanities.

11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM
‘Rescuing Socrates’ Review: Great Books, Greatly Missed
11.07.2021 | Teagle in the News

‘Rescuing Socrates’ Review: Great Books, Greatly Missed

A review of Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation by Roosevelt Montás, Cornerstone: Learning for Living Advisory Council member and Director of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia University's Knowledge for Freedom Program.

11/7/2021 12:00:00 AM
Meet Shaun Abreu, City Council’s Newest Member From Upper Manhattan
11.03.2021 | Teagle in the News

Meet Shaun Abreu, City Council’s Newest Member From Upper Manhattan

Abreu is an alumn of Freedom & Citizenship, Columbia's Knowledge for Freedom Program.

11/3/2021 12:00:00 AM
Why a Liberal Education is Worth Defending
09.20.2021 | Teagle's Partner Thoughts

Why a Liberal Education is Worth Defending

Steven Mintz, Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin reviews Roosevelt Montás' forthcoming book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation.

9/20/2021 12:00:00 AM
A Quest of Their Own
08.25.2021 | Teagle in the News

A Quest of Their Own

High school students got a taste of the liberal arts experience through Ursinus College’s Teagle-funded Knowledge for Freedom program called Freedom, Citizenship, and Equality.

8/25/2021 12:00:00 AM
What Should Students Learn?
08.15.2021 | Teagle in the News

What Should Students Learn?

Roosevelt Montás, senior lecturer in American Studies at Columbia University and Rene Plessner Lecturer for its Freedom and Citizenship program and member of the advisory council for Cornerstone: Learning for Living, argues that the humanities can be reinvigorated through general education and transformative texts.

8/15/2021 12:00:00 AM
George Fox Program Gives Latino Woodburn High School Students Opportunity to Learn about Humanities
08.05.2021 | Teagle in the News

George Fox Program Gives Latino Woodburn High School Students Opportunity to Learn about Humanities

This summer, George Fox launched Liberation Scholars, its bilingual Knowledge for Freedom program.

8/5/2021 12:00:00 AM
Humanities Center Summer Program Teaches the Classics to Local High Schoolers
08.04.2021 | Teagle in the News

Humanities Center Summer Program Teaches the Classics to Local High Schoolers

This summer, Boston University's Center for the Humanities launched its Knowledge for Freedom program, The One and the Many at BU.

8/4/2021 12:00:00 AM
Knowledge for Freedom Seminar
08.03.2021 | Teagle's Partner Thoughts

Knowledge for Freedom Seminar

Participants in Dickinson College's The House Divided Project, Knowledge for Freedom Seminar share their experiences with the program.

8/3/2021 12:00:00 AM
Dickinson College Seminar a Lesson in Freedom, College Prep
07.30.2021 | Teagle in the News

Dickinson College Seminar a Lesson in Freedom, College Prep

The House Divided Project, a Knowledge for Freedom program introduces low income students to college by studying the American Civil War.

7/30/2021 12:00:00 AM
New Partnership Aims to Connect Latino High Schoolers to College Life
07.26.2021 | Teagle in the News

New Partnership Aims to Connect Latino High Schoolers to College Life

George Fox University's Knowledge for Freedom program, Liberation Scholars, expands access to the liberal arts by priortizing inclusivity, including reading transformative texts in English and Spanish.

7/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
Classic Books or Diverse Books? That’s a False Binary
07.19.2021 | Teagle in the News

Classic Books or Diverse Books? That’s a False Binary

Roosevelt Montás, longtime instructor in Columbia's Knowledge for Freedom program and member of the advisory council for Cornerstone: Learning for Living, on core texts' importance for students of all backgrounds.

7/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
Dickinson College’s House Divided Project Explores the Struggle for Freedom in the US
05.18.2021 | Teagle in the News

Dickinson College’s House Divided Project Explores the Struggle for Freedom in the US

Matthew Pinsker, Director of the Teagle-funded House Divided Program and Todd Mealy, Assistant Director spoke about the program.

5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM
Why Core Texts Matter to Community College Students
05.03.2021 | Teagle's Partner Thoughts

Why Core Texts Matter to Community College Students

Andrea Fabrizio and Gregory Marks, directors of the Teagle-funded Core Books at CUNY program explain how core texts are integral to community college students' education.

5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM
02.24.2021 | Teagle in the News

Dickinson College's House Divided Project to Offer Framework for Summer Program for Low-income Stude

Dickinson expands the House Divided Program to high schoolers with Teagle funding.

2/24/2021 12:00:00 AM
Teaching Humanities from a Distance
02.18.2021 | Staff Writings

Teaching Humanities from a Distance

Teaching during the pandemic can be successful when the focus is on mentoring and on engaging students with transformative texts.

2/18/2021 12:00:00 AM
Shattering Invisible Darkness
02.15.2021 | Teagle in the News

Shattering Invisible Darkness

Simone Henderson, a 2020 Teagle Humanities Fellow, reflects on the relevance of fear and love in the works of James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Toni Morrison to our contemporary moment.

2/15/2021 12:00:00 AM
New BU Center for the Humanities Summer Program for Local High Schoolers Launches with $300K Grant
02.01.2021 | Teagle in the News

New BU Center for the Humanities Summer Program for Local High Schoolers Launches with $300K Grant

Underserved high school students will study the humanities at "The One and the Many at BU," a Teagle-funded summer program.

2/1/2021 12:00:00 AM