Knowledge in Crisis:
Liberal Learning in a "Post-Truth" Age

March 22-24, 2018



Conversation Schedule

Call for Proposals


Plenary Speakers

William Deresiewicz

Lynn Hunt

Martín Carcasson

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig

Participant Resources

Travel and Accommodations

Driving Directions to Campus

Shuttle Information


Conversation Schedule


This draft schedule is subject to change.


Thursday, March 22 **Please Note: All Thursday events have been moved to First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, 21 E. Constance Ave.**
2:45 pm Shuttles depart waterfront hotels for First Presbyterian (Pickup locations in Doubletree and Hyatt Centric lobbies)
3:00 pm Registration | First Presbyterian Church Santa Barbara
3:30 pm

Plenary Address: "The Problem-Solvers: Inquiry, Citizenship, and the Liberal Arts"

William Deresiewicz | Author, essayist, and critic

First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara

5:30 pm Dinner in groups at downtown restaurants
Friday, March 23
8:15 am Shuttles depart waterfront hotels for campus
8:15 am Coffee and pastries | Hieronymus Lounge
8:45 am

Plenary Address: "The Wicked Problems Mindset: Transforming Public Conversations in the Hyper-Partisan Era"

Martín Carcasson | Colorado State University

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall

10:30 am Concurrent Session 1
1a. The Social Pursuit of Truth | Hieronymus Lounge

Marilyn McEntyre, "Language and Our Life Together: How to Maintain Healthy Interpretive Communities"


Ted Vaggalis, "Platonic Dialogue as a Basis for Social Solidarity: Some Lessons from Plato's Gorgias"

1b. Relativism and Political Truth-Telling | Clark T Classroom

Dave Tell, "The Liberal Arts and the New Relativism"


Chandra Mallampalli, "Truth-Telling in Modi's India and the Demise of the Left"

12:00 pm Lunch | Magnolia Lawn
1:15 pm

Round-Table Discussion: "The 'Post-Truth' Classroom"

Moderated by Mark Sargent, Westmont College

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall

2:45 pm Concurrent Session 2
2a. Speech, News, and Social Media | Hieronymus Lounge

Matt Carlson, "Freedom of Speech and the Pursuit of Truth"


David Elder, "Hashtags and the Death of the Enthymeme"


Ron Hirschbein, "Cognitive Insolence: When Truth Don't Get No Respect"

2b: Languages and Literacies | Clark T Classroom

Rhonda McEwen, "Culturally Responsive Learning Design"


Sarah Terry and Amanda Printz-Whooley, "Contextualization and Complexity: Fostering Literacy in the Gen-Ed Classroom"

4:00 pm Coffee break | Hieronymus Lounge
4:30 pm

Plenary Address: "Historical Truth: Why It's Provisional But Still True"

Lynn Hunt | University of California, Los Angeles

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall

6:30 pm Dinner | Founders Dining Room
7:30 pm Shuttles return to waterfront hotels | Pickup location: Kerr Student Center Parking Lot
Saturday, March 24
8:30 am Shuttles depart waterfront hotels for campus
8:30 am Coffee and pastries | Hieronymus Lounge
9:00 am

Plenary Address: "Games Without Frontiers: Speaking the Truth in an Age of Public Reason"

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig | The Washington Post

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall

10:45 am Concurrent Session 3
3a. Critical Thinking, Then and Now | Hieronymus Lounge

Rick Kennedy, "The Gentle and Fair Ways of Information: The Decline of Reasonableness and the Rise of Critical Thinking"


Michael Rivage-Seul, "Critical Thinking in a Post-Truth Age--A Global Perspective"

3b. Liberal Education: Purposes and Perspectives | Voskuyl Library 203

David Burrows, "Education for Effective Action"


Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen, "Faith and Learning in a Post-Truth World"

12:15 pm Lunch | Magnolia Lawn (Rain location: Page Hall)
1:15 pm Shuttles return to waterfront hotels | Pickup location: Kerrwood Hall (Page Hall if raining)