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Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place

Jack R. Baker and Jeffrey Bilbro


The current university system caters to Americans’ consumerist, selfish motives: universities promise to deliver lucrative employment and “upward mobility,” and for these sought-after commodities they demand ever-higher tuition. As Wendell Berry has been arguing for decades, however, an education founded upon such a reductive economic exchange causes real damage to our land and our communities. In opposition to the deracinated educational culture, Berry’s fiction, essays, and poetry provide a vision for an education in the virtues of place. His understanding of place includes not only a geogra ... More

Keywords: Wendell Berry, place, higher education, agrarian, virtues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813169026
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack R. Baker, author
Spring Arbor University

Jeffrey Bilbro, author
Spring Arbor University