A call for the core

March 26th, 2015


Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and NBC News’ political director, visited John Carroll University last Wednesday, March 18. He focused his talk on the 2016 presidential election. The John Carroll community was invited to ask questions about various political topics and offered positive feedback after the lecture.


John Carroll’s decision to invite such a well-known political journalist to campus is refreshing, showing a commitment to fostering students’ education in the liberal arts. Todd embodies the importance of having a variety of educational backgrounds and perspectives. In his discussion, he drew upon his diverse education to make his points. He represents the importance of having a liberal arts education, particularly the ideals of John Carroll’s core curriculum.


Liberal arts programs focus on shaping the person as a whole, and encourage intellectual growth. By expanding students’ knowledge and broadening their perspectives, the University prepares them for real world experience. Todd is the ideal example of this. He has succeeded, drawing upon a background in economics, history and religion. Having experience in a variety of areas allows for intellectual growth and prosperity.


John Carroll epitomizes these values through its liberal arts core curriculum, in the hopes that students are prepared for the future. By bringing experts such as Todd to campus, the University encourages both students and staff alike to be more motivated in expanding their overall knowledge and diversity of experience.