People who inhabit the spacious Venn diagram intersection between proponents of the Liberal Arts and those of General Education form a “community,” a word simply but elegantly defined by Bruce Kimball (1986), and quoted by J. Scott Lee in his new book Invention: The Art of Liberal Arts, as “a group of people who talk to each other and do it well” (p. 191). But lately, this beloved community has suffered chains and challenges comparable to prisoners stuck in some Platonic COVID-19 Cave. But hearken now to a messenger down from the realm of light who has spent his whole career shuttling up and down and adjusting his vision between a brilliant Idea-scape and darkened subterranean conditions. The aforementioned Lee, University of Chicago–trained in Great Books and more, is the former Executive Director of the Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), whom I first encountered when...

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