The twelfth annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts
February 21 - 23, 2013
The Conversation on the Liberal Arts is not your typical academic conference. First, we take the name, Conversation, very seriously. We have great speakers, and we have much to learn from them. But all of us are engaged in this work everyday, so we also have much to learn from each other.
To stimulate this mutual teaching and learning we keep the conference small–we anticipate fewer than 100 participants. Plenary sessions include as much time for participants' questions and contributions as they do for the speakers' talks. Concurrent sessions, new this year, will be opportunities for discussion between presenters and attendees about key elements of the presenter's work. And there will be ample time for informal converastion over meals and coffee--often the most fruitful moments of the conference. The crucial element throughout will be conversation, where we can all benefit from each other's insights.
We also profit from a wide range of perspectives. This is a conference where administrators, scholars and practitioners can talk to each other about how the issues look from their different positions, and where those from large universities and small liberal arts colleges, from public institutions and private, from faith-based institutions and those with no religious affiliation can explore shared challenges from our differing contexts.
In short, the Conversation on the Liberal Arts is a hospitable place for dialog across what are too often boundaries in higher education–dialog about the shared challenges, and especially the shared promise, of liberal arts education. We hope you'll join us!