Encore Booknotes

Encore Booknotes: Why Read?

Mark Edmundson

About the Program

Professor Edmundson talks about his book Why Read?, published by Bloomsbury USA. The book is on the relationship between a liberal arts education and literature. The author writes that literature needs to be the fundamental element of the liberal arts education because of the benefits books offer their readers. Mr. Edmundson also claims that current educational trends have either misused or neglected to recognize the vital role reading plays in a well-rounded liberal arts education. He talked about the value of fiction and non-fiction literature.

This was the last program in the fifteen-year Booknotes series, and Mr. Edmundson commented on several authors' ideas and writing styles as clips of their remarks on previous programs were shown.

About the Authors

Mark Edmundson

Mark EdmundsonMark Edmundosn is a Professor of English at University of Virginia. He has written for The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Harper’s.
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Past Airings

  • Saturday, November 26th at 6pm (ET)
  • Saturday, March 29th at 6pm (ET)
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