From Inquiry to Impact: Social Transformation through Liberal Learning

February 4-6, 2016



Conversation Schedule

Plenary Address Videos

Concurrent Papers

Call for Proposals



Rachel Goble

Mary Godwyn

Jon Isham

Cheri Larsen Hoeckley

Participant Resources

Travel and Accommodations

Driving Directions to Campus

Shuttle and Downtown Parking


Conversation Format

conversationThe 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 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. Attendees consistently remark on the distinctively personal tone of these three days, praising the diverse, face-to-face dialogue that often is missing at academic gatherings. According to one recent participant, "This conference has reminded me, after some time wandering in the proverbial desert, of why I got into academics in the first place."

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!