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2006 Demanding Excellence: Liberal Education in an Era of Global Competition, Anti-Intellectualism, and Disinvestment Podcasts

"Demanding Excellence: Liberal Education in an Era of Global Competition, Anti-Intellectualism, and Disinvestment," January 25-28, 2006 in Washington, DC. Learn more at

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Liberal Education and the Republic of the Imagination
Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, speaks about the power of literature to liberate minds and peoples.
(Posted on Tue, 31 Jan 2006 05:35:34 EST)

The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent
Richard Florida, author of The Flight of the Creative Class, speaks on the United States as a global giant on the verge of a tough economic battle to stay at the cutting edge.
(Posted on Wed, 01 Feb 2006 02:51:56 EST)

Valuing Our Values: Taking Liberal Education to the Next Level
W. Robert Connor, president of the Teagle Foundation, describes the challenging college education students need today.
(Posted on Wed, 01 Feb 2006 03:18:25 EST)

Mapping the Future of Inclusion and Excellence
Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, Caryn McTighe Musil, and Jeffrey Milem present and lead a discussion on diversity as a component of academic excellence on college campuses.
(Posted on Wed, 01 Feb 2006 04:10:30 EST)

The Creative Campus
Tori-Haring Smith, Steven Tepper, and Joe Trimmer present and lead a discussion about the importance of creativity for teaching and learning on college campuses.
(Posted on Wed, 01 Feb 2006 04:41:21 EST)

Why Read: Can Great Books Change People's Lives?
Mark Edmundson, author of Why Read?, exposes universities' ever-growing consumerism, arguing that it comes at the expense of a challenging, life-altering liberal arts education.
(Posted on Thu, 02 Feb 2006 03:27:44 EST)

Legislative Attacks on Academic Freedom: The Latest Threats and Ways to Counter Them
Ann Franke and Lawrence White address the historical context of academic freedom, developments in state legislatures, and today's legislative threats to free speech principles.
(Posted on Thu, 02 Feb 2006 04:15:09 EST)

Spiraling through the Glass Ceiling
Ronald Crutcher, president of Wheaton College, speaks on the experience of becoming a college president and gives advice on planning an academic career.
(Posted on Mon, 06 Feb 2006 06:45:21 EST)

Meeting New Challenges at Home and Abroad: Liberal Education's New Premium
Roberts T. Jones, President of Education and Workforce Policy, and Barbara Lawton, Lt. Governor of Wisconsin, speak on the challenges Americans face at home and abroad, arguing that an empowering liberal education has become increasingly important.
(Posted on Mon, 06 Feb 2006 08:49:22 EST)

Demanding Excellence in the Sciences: Women Scientists Struggling to Succeed
Sue V. Rosser draws from her book The Science Glass Ceiling to explain how excellence is undermined when women scientists are not full and equal participants in the academy.
(Posted on Mon, 06 Feb 2006 09:28:23 EST)

Collaborating for Excellence: Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and the Challenge of Transformative Learning
Susan Borrego, Marsha Moroh, and Cynthia Forrest present upon and lead discussion about ways to create campus partnerships between student affairs and academic affairs offices to support student learning and success.
(Posted on Mon, 06 Feb 2006 10:08:19 EST)

From Athens and Berlin to LA: Faculty Work in the New Academy
R. Eugene Rice explores the history of faculty roles in American colleges, their origins in ancient Greece and 19th century Germany, and asks, if Los Angeles is the future, what will be the attractions and rewards of faculty work in the 21st century?
(Posted on Mon, 06 Feb 2006 10:42:47)