Lecture: The Teacher as the Liberal Artist

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Dr. Matt Mehan and Mr. Tom Longano discuss the “Arts of Liberty.” Dr. Mehan explains what the Liberal Arts are and why we need to practice them. Mr. Longano shares with the audience a lecture he delivered at Oxford over the summer about the teaching of the Liberal Arts. He explores the notion of teacher as liberal artist.

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Dr. Mehan (What are the Liberal Arts?):  0

Mr. Longano (A third grade, for all of us, on teaching the Liberal Arts):  41:10

Questions:  1:08:08

Tom Longano

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Tom Longano


Tom Longano grew up outside Washington DC and has a degree in philosophy from The University of St Andrews in Scotland. He taught at an all boys elementary school for four years, where he had so much fun telling stories that he often forgot to teach more important subjects, like spelling and math. His students didn't seem to mind. He loves encouraging boys to read, especially boys that think reading is “not their thing.” In writing down the stories he shared with his students, he hopes to inspire a wide audience of young readers. Tom’s Boy Stories collections have now been read by thousands of imaginative, crazy boys. He’s currently working on his third collection of short stories, among other exciting writing projects that he can't wait to share (one is a full-length musical). For more Boy Stories content be sure to subscribe to the Boy Stories podcast.

Matt Mehan

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Matt Mehan


Matthew Mehan began teaching at The Heights in 2000. He currently teaches History of Western Thought and the new Sophomore U.S. History and American Literature “AmeriCore.” Matthew is also the director of the Jackson Scholars senior thesis program. Matthew also served as Director of Admissions from 2003 to 2006, before leaving for graduate work. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Dallas and the valedictorian of his class, he holds a B.A. in politics, an M.A. in English, and he earned a Ph.D. in Literature for his dissertation on Shakespeare, Thomas More, and the education of leading citizens.Matthew is also a fellow of the Center for Thomas More Studies, and he has been named The Worsham Teaching Fellow of Hillsdale College’s Washington DC Allan P. Kirby, Jr., Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a reader at the Folger Library. Matthew has been awarded the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellowship as well as two fellowships from the Earhart Foundation. Matthew has worked as an editor for both academic and popular publications. Matt's recently published illustrated book of poetry, Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals, is available for purchase on Amazon. His wonderful wife Molly and he have seven children.