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Philosophical Perspectives on the Future of Higher Education

University Chancellor James Page and USM President Theo Kalikow will share their views on the challenges facing higher education here in Maine and elsewhere at the presentation, “The Future of Higher Education: Philosophical Perspectives,” to be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, in the Moot Court Room of the University of Maine School of Law, 246 Deering Avenue, Portland.

The event, which is sponsored by the USM Department of Philosophy, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 780-4258, or

Page and Kalikow are well qualified to offer philosophical perspectives on the topic. Page holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from MIT, while Kalikow earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University. In addition to offering their thoughts on higher education’s challenges and how to address them, Page and Kalikow will be asked how their graduate education in philosophy has influenced their work as university administrators.

Chair and Professor of Philosophy Julien Murphy also will speak briefly to the topic, followed by Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Robert Louden, who will outline the role of philosophers in government and university administration over the years. Associate Professor of Philosophy Jason Read will lead the question-and-answer session, including prepared questions from students and open questions from the floor.