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What knowledge, skills, and character traits are essential for addressing our most critical social challenges, and how can a liberal arts education help develop them?


Join us at Westmont College in Santa Barbara February 4 – 6, 2016 for the 15th annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “From Inquiry to Impact: Social Transformation through Liberal Learning.” We’ll consider several different means of effecting social change—social entrepreneurship, political engagement, non-profit and social-service work, and the emerging field of tri-sector leadership. Might an education blending Chaucer and Chinese history, Kant and accounting, or genetics and gender studies be just what we need to address our most pressing concerns? Let’s find out together.

 

About the Conversation on the Liberal Arts

Our annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts gathers faculty and administrators from colleges and universities nationwide to address the challenges facing liberal arts education: How do we educate for membership in a global community? How is a liberal arts education related to work and calling? What are the challenges and opportunities of liberally educating students of faith? We learn from some of the best in the field, but mostly we learn from each other as we share how things look through our sometimes very different lenses. We publish papers delivered at the Conversation in our print journal, Liberal Arts, and on our website. Click here to order issues of the journal, or browse below to download electronic copies of papers.

 

Previous Conversations:

Liberal Arts and the Social Good

The fourteenth annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, Feb. 26-28, 2015

 

MOOCing the Liberal Arts? Technology and Relationship in Liberal Arts Education

The thirteenth annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, Feb. 13-15, 2014

 

War and Peace as Liberal Arts

The twelfth annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, Feb. 21-23, 2013

 

  The Gendered Liberal Arts? Femininity, Masculinity, and the Future of Liberal Education

  The eleventh annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, Feb. 24 - 25, 2012

 

   The Fine Art of the Liberal Arts

   The tenth annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, Feb. 25 - 26, 2011

 

The Liberal Education of Students of Faith

The ninth annual Conversation on the Liberal Art, Feb. 26-27, 2010

 

Learning in a Time of Politics: Liberal Arts Education and Political Engagement

The eighth annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts. Feb. 15-16, 2008