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Concordia-Chicago establishes new Center for the Advancement of Lutheran Liberal Arts


Concordia University Chicago has announced the establishment of the Center for the Advancement of Lutheran Liberal Arts (CALLA), which will serve as a national center for research as well as the gathering, sharing and disseminating of resources for those who seek to explore classical education as a means to further the Christian faith. CALLA will work within the University’s College of Innovation and Professional Programs. Appointed as director of the center is Dr. Thomas Korcok, associate professor of theology at CUC.

“In the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and other Christian communities, there is a vibrant and growing interest in classical education with its deep historic roots for teaching and learning in the liberal arts,” says Rev. Dr. Daniel Gard, president of Concordia University Chicago. “To this end, we have charged CALLA with executing the mission of the University through supporting and conducting research and scholarship related to classical Lutheran education, and providing advocacy and professional development resources for classical teachers in the field.”

Classical Christian education involves learning through classical works and biblical teachings in a contemporary setting, incorporating music, theology and languages such as Greek and Latin. In addition to the establishment of the center, the University has introduced an undergraduate major in classical liberal studies, which resides in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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