Frederick Douglass Forum Lecture Series


The Humanities in an Algorithmic World

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1 hour 13 minutes 52 seconds

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Communication Technology and New Media | Higher Education | Liberal Studies | Technology and Innovation


The idea of the liberal arts is oft-misunderstood and oft-abused in contemporary society. In this panel talk, Scott Hartley (author of The Fuzzy and the Techie) and Linfield College alumna Annika Yates (class of 2014) explain why the liberal arts matter to them. Yates discusses how curiosity, persuasion, and citizenship, hallmarks of her liberal arts experience at Linfield, have shaped her career in the tech industry. Hartley, a venture capitalist, discusses how studying the liberal arts provides significant value in terms of core competencies for working with new technologies.

This panel is part of the symposium What's So Liberating about the Liberal Arts?: A Symposium on Liberal Education and the American Experiment held at Linfield College on March 15, 2019. The purpose of the symposium was to bring scholars, current Linfield students, and Linfield alumni together to think about the meaning and value of the liberal arts.


Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, the Jack Miller Center, the Elliot Alexander Fund, and PLACE.