AC Freligh Series speaker Treadgold to share thoughts on ‘The University We Need’

Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Warren Treadgold, a National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Byzantine Studies, and Professor of History at Saint Louis University, will be the featured guest speaker in Adrian College’s annual Jean Lok Freligh Community Lecture Series event at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, February 22, in Downs Hall.

This event is free and open to the public.

Treadgold has published more than 60 articles and 11 books, including “The University We Need: Reforming American Higher Education” (2018). The book’s description opens with, “Though many people know that American universities now offer an inadequate and incoherent education from a leftist viewpoint that excludes moderate and conservative ideas, few people understand how much this matters, how it happened, how bad it is, or what can be done about it. In 'The University We Need,' Professor Warren Treadgold shows the crucial role of universities in American culture and politics, the causes of their decline in administrative bloat and inept academic hiring, the effects of the decline on teaching and research, and some possible ways of reversing the downward trend.”

Treadgold has also published essays in “Commentary,” “The Weekly Standard,” “City Journal,” “The Washington Examiner,” “The Independent Review,” “Athenaeum Review,” “The Wilson Quarterly,” and “Academic Questions.”

Educated at Harvard (BA 1970, Ph.D. 1977), Treadgold taught at UCLA, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Hillsdale College, and Florida International University, and has held research fellowships at the University of Munich, the Free University of Berlin, All Souls College at Oxford, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

The Freligh Community Lecture Series honors Bob and Jean Lok Freligh, longtime supporters and friends of Adrian College. An anonymous donation to honor the Frelighs was made in 2013, and has brought many nationally and internationally known speakers to Adrian College.

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