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GRAND CHALLENGES INTERPRETING THE LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES TRADITION: THE GREATEST CHALLENGE OF ALL? CARL GOMBRICH 26 APRIL 2017 | 6.30PM-7.30PM KEELE HALL | THE SALVIN ROOM In a “post truth” era, with a parallel instrumentalist emphasis on the purpose of education, how can a contemporary conception of liberal arts and sciences respect disciplinary differences and differing notions of truth, while not giving up on the idea altogether? How far should liberal educators take “economic” considerations into account when considering the value of higher education? And where is the balance in contemporary programmes between respecting historic tradition and prioritising radical and progressive moves? Carl Gombrich is Programme Director of UCL’s Arts and Sciences BASc degree. He has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002. He taught physics and served as Principal to UCL’s foundation course until 2010 before leaving to develop and lead the launch of the new Arts and Sciences BASc programme. 12 how can a contemporary conception of liberal arts and sciences respect different disciplinary notions of truth?