Great Ideas, English
Ph.D Candidate at Baylor University
Jason Lund ’13 is a graduate student in political science at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He teaches courses on political philosophy and international relations while writing a dissertation on the relationship between natural science and political philosophy in the thought of Plato.
“I cannot put into words how grateful I am that I found Carthage.”
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“Teaching! It is such a privilege to converse with students about their understandings of justice and how we ought to live. A classroom produces an intimate space where serious conversations between strangers may lead to friendship and continued conversation.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“I had a chance to pursue research over the summer on John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ through a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience grant with Dr. Seemee Ali; this showed me how difficult and yet rewarding academic research could be. In addition, the senior thesis projects in Great Ideas and English provided opportunities to push my heart and mind to their outer limits. Because of these opportunities, I was ready to hit the ground running in graduate school. Additionally, the inclusion of a number of discussion-based seminar courses attuned me to be sensitive to how I might be able to get shy students in the classroom to share their valuable insights.”
How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?
“A liberal arts education isn’t about memorizing facts out of dusty old books; rather, it’s an opportunity to engage in a living, wide-ranging discussion with diverse minds from different times and places. It trains us not to immediately react, but to listen and reflect before we act. This thoughtful reflection about the circumstances we find ourselves in helps us to understand when we should lead and when we should follow the leadership of others. This leads to a kind of flexibility not found in other kinds of education, and one which allowed me to excel both as City Year Detroit corps member for a year and as a graduate student in Texas.”