Lux Mea colloquium fosters true meaning of liberal arts

Grove City College’s Lux Mea student honorary is bringing top students from highly regarded colleges and universities together to talk about holding fast in unsettling times at the 11th Annual Intercollegiate Colloquium on the Liberal Arts this weekend on campus.

More than 60 honors students and ten professors from nine colleges will take up the theme of “Plague-time Fortitude” through a series of discussions, lectures and a keynote address by Dr. Peter Meilaender, chairman of the Department of History, Politics, and Philosophy at Houghton College.

The event aims to explore areas of humanity, promote fellowship among Christian colleges and encourage students as they strengthen one another “as iron sharpens iron,” according to Dr. Andrew Mitchell, professor of History and Lux Mea advisor.

“The colloquium epitomizes what is best about a liberal arts education. Rather than being fixated on the merely utilitarian, this invites us to read, ponder and discuss questions that our modern world ignores or dismisses – questions of first importance in knowing and living out a humane existence,” he said.

Meilander will speak on “Plague-time Lessons for Lasting Fortitude” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in Sticht Lecture Hall in the Staley Hall of Arts and Letters on campus.

In addition to his work at Houghton College, where he encourages the development of virtue through the school’s interdisciplinary honors program, Meilander is an accomplished writer with over 20 published articles and essays and has served as visiting scholar to Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought and to the American Enterprise Institute’s Initiative on Faith and Public Life.  Professionally. 

“Dr. Meilaender is a tremendous speaker to have at our colloquium because he epitomizes in so many ways the vision of what we’re trying to accomplish at Grove City and through the Intercollegiate Colloquium on the Liberal Arts," Mitchell said.

The keynote is free and open to the public and will be livestreamed at

In addition to Grove City College, the colloquium includes students from Union, Waynesburg, Samford, Regent and Eastern universities, Houghton Messiah and St. Vincent colleges.

“It is my hope and prayer that faculty and students will attend, not only to the texts of the colloquium, but to each other, to recognize the place and the hour to which God has brought us,” Mitchell said.

Lux Mea colloquium fosters true meaning of liberal arts

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