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Author: Anne Harris

Vice President for Academic Affairs, DePauw University

DePauw University Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship Conference: “A Portal to the World in Greencastle”

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DePauw University Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship Conference: “A Portal to the World in Greencastle”
by David Alvarez (English) reporting about a conference hosted at DePauw and made possible by funding from the GLCA Global Crossroads Grant, the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, the English Department, Academic Affairs, and the World Literature program.

“Global citizenship” can seem a contradiction. If the “global” implies a universal, planetary viewpoint, we can only be citizens of a particular state. And yet who would deny that our local lives are influenced by such global forces as the internet, international trade, and climate change? In the twenty-first century, no one can escape globalization. Tackling these tensions, DePauw’s international conference on “The Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship: Theory and Practice” examined the currency of “global citizenship” for a liberal arts education. Over the course of the three days of panels and speakers, some surprising possibilities opened up. Read More DePauw University Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship Conference: “A Portal to the World in Greencastle”

AAC&U (American Association of Colleges and Universities) Annual Meeting

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The AAC&U (American Association of Colleges and Universities) annual meeting, San Francisco, January 24-28, 2017

Attended by John Caraher (Physics and Astronomy, chair of Curriculum), Tamara Beauboeuf (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Faculty Career Mentor, presenter), and Anne Harris (Vice President for Academic Affairs)

AAC&U 2017 General Comments – Anne Harris

The overall theme of this year’s AAC&U meeting was “Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence” and allowed participants to engage in the crucial issues surrounding liberal arts in the public sphere. Pragmatism and agility, speaking outside of our own idiom, and connecting education to demographic changes in the United States within a shifting global society were at the forefront.

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Report from the 2017 AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

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Report from the AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop, hosted at Emory University, January 5-6, 2017.

By Jeane Pope, Associate Professor of Geosciences and Faculty Sustainabililty Coordinator

“That’s interesting,” one workshop participant remarked, “student learning outcomes for sustainability (e.g. critical thinking and problem solving, good communication skills, ability to work with multiple perspectives, empathy) are the same as we would want for any college graduate.”  Indeed, this is what DePauw faculty know and embrace:  that the transformative and empowering opportunities afforded by a liberal arts education are the key to positive changes for society at large. Read More Report from the 2017 AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop