King’s students and professors to debate leading intellectuals in Albania and Bulgaria
NEW YORK, May 14, 2009—On May 11, two groups of students and faculty from The King’s College departed for the post-Soviet nations of Albania and Bulgaria. Both groups will engage in discussions and debates with students and intellectuals from leading educational institutions in the respective countries.
The focus of the Albania trip is on the foundations of civil society. King’s students, along with their Albanian university peers, will debate topics such as: “Who is responsible for the poor and the marginalized?”; “What type of education creates good citizens?”; and “What is the nature of true happiness?” Dr. David Corbin, assistant professor of politics, and Dr. Harry Bleattler, associate provost and assistant professor of history, will speak on the essentials of a strong republic and on the role of religion in society, respectively.
Junior Elijah McCready participated in the 2008 Albania trip and is returning to provide leadership to this year’s team. Reflecting on his experience last summer, Elijah shares, “Albania put everything to the test and vividly showed me the value of my education as it stacks up against real issues…The more I encounter the real world, the more I see the value of what I’m learning.”
The trip to Bulgaria centers around the theme, “Free Market or State Control: A Battle of Ideas in the Midst of Crisis.” King’s students, along with Dr. Alex Tokarev, assistant professor of economics, will engage in a series of presentations at top universities and high schools. The trip focus coincides with the global economic crisis and corresponding debates over economic policy.
Every summer, The King’s College coordinates trips which challenge students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply the ideas to real societal problems. The topics studied in the classroom become the focus of idea-driven exchanges with audiences who often hold divergent perspectives.
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