"Liberal Arts Illuminated: Pathways, Possibilities, Partnerships" brought together leadership, faculty, and trustees from liberal arts colleges, as well as public policymakers, for a substantive generative conversation about our future as liberal arts institutions.

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This post-conference publication includes summaries, highlights, useful statistics, and practical action steps from the Liberal Arts Illuminated Conference.

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Liberal Arts Illuminated Conference Slides

Schedule
2016
Monday, July 11th
6:00 PM

Opening Plenary: "What is College For?"

Andrew Delbanco, Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies, Columbia University

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, July 12th
8:30 AM

"The Liberal Arts Experience" Panel Discussion

Charlie Blaich, Center for Inquiry, Wabash College
Kathy Wise, Center for Inquiry, Wabash College
Alexander C. McCormick, National Survey of Student Engagement
Susan Whealler Johnston, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

10:30 AM

"Challenging the Constraints: The Economic Issues" Panel Discussion

Chris Farrell, Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media
Jon McGee, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Michael Hemesath, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

11:45 AM

Luncheon Keynote: "Public Policy and the Liberal Arts"

Zakiya Smith, Lumina Foundation

Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center, CSB

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

1:30 PM

"Challenging the Constraints: Access" Panel Discussion

Carol Christ, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC-Berkeley
Robert (Bobby) Hackett, The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation
Mary Dana Hinton, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

3:00 PM

"What Makes the Liberal Arts Essential for the Next 50 Years?" Panel Discussion

Eric P. Blackhurst, Alma College
Georgia Nugent, Council of Independent Colleges
Steven G. Poskanzer, Carleton College
Debra Humphreys, Association of American Colleges & Universities

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

5:15 PM

Plenary Session: "Transforming Students, Transforming Ourselves"

Rebecca Chopp, University of Denver

Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center, CSB

5:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 13th
8:45 AM

Morning Keynote: "New Business Models for Higher Education"

Rick Beyer, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) Institutional Strategies

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

10:00 AM

Concurrent Session: "Collaboration in Higher Education"

Mary Dana Hinton, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Michael Hemesath, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Jon McGee, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Session: "Higher Education Media and the Liberal Arts"

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune
Richard Ice, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Session: "Liberal Arts Curricular Models"

Debra Humphreys, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Emily Esch, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Session: "Turbulent Waters: The Future of America's Colleges and Universities"

Robert Archibald, College of William and Mary
Amit Mrig, Academic Impressions

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM

Closing Remarks

Mary Dana Hinton, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Michael Hemesath, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM