Liberal Arts for a Fragile Planet

March 23-25, 2017



Conversation Schedule

Call for Proposals



Andrew Bocarsly

Steven Bouma-Prediger

Janet Redman

Ling Zhang

Participant Resources

Travel and Accommodations

Driving Directions to Campus

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In a time of ecological degradation and climate crisis, how can the tools of liberal education direct our engagement with the natural world?


Join us at Westmont College in Santa Barbara March 23-25, 2017 for the 16th annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, "Liberal Arts for a Fragile Planet." We'll consider the many ways that liberal education might invite attentiveness to one's environment. We'll also share ideas for developing and sustaining programs, pedagogies, and curricula that more effectively address environmental concerns.


How is the "ecology" of teaching and learning embedded in the natural world? Come join the conversation.


Who should attend?

Our conversation will include a broad array of participants: faculty who want to deepen their engagement with environmental concerns; college or university administrators looking for structural ways to promote environmental awareness; undergraduate or graduate students whose scholarship or experience point toward environmental advocacy; environmental activists or other practitioners; and anyone with an interest in the value and practice of liberal education.


Please use the links above to register, find out more about the unique format of the Conversation on the Liberal Arts, or submit a paper proposal. The deadline to submit a paper is November 30, 2016, and the deadline to register is March 14, 2017.