Confucianism and Liberal Education for a Global Era

A core goal of liberal education, as it has developed in the West, is the cultivation of thoughtful citizens oriented to the common good. Confucianism embodies a powerful educational philosophy that addresses many similar themes. How can the Confucian tradition enrich the conversation about the future of liberal education in the United States and around the world? In the 2013 Berkley Center Lecture, Professor Tu Weiming, a world-renowned Confucian scholar and the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University, addressed this critical question.

Hosted by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs as part of its high-level dialogue on religion in China and the United States, the lecture was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Global Liberal Education Initiative.

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