Annual Meeting Highlights

Wednesday, January 24, 7:00–8:30 PM

The Inaugural Carol Geary Schneider Lecture on Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence

Where Do We Go From Here?  Leadership in Turbulent Times

Doris Kearns GoodwinDoris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She is the author of six critically acclaimed books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (2013), winner of the Carnegie Medal.  Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, and is author of the best sellers Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.

The Carol Geary Schneider Lecture on Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence was established in 2016 to honor the visionary leadership of AAC&U’s president from 1998-2016, Carol Geary Schneider.  More information about the event is here.


Thursday, January 25, 8:45-10:15 AM

Realizing the American Dream

Lynn PasquerellaPlease join us for an open discussion moderated by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella with:


Linda Martín AlcoffLinda Martín Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College and The CUNY Graduate Center and author of The Future of Whiteness (2015)


Naomi M. Barry-PérezNaomi M. Barry-Pérez, Director of the Civil Rights Center, US Department of Labor


Tamara DrautTamara Draut, Vice President for Policy and Research, Demos and author of Sleeping Giant: How America’s New Working Class Will Transform America (2016)


Wes MooreWes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, decorated Army combat veteran, and author of The Other Wes Moore (2010) and The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters (2015)



Saturday, January 27, 10:30-11:30 AM

HIGHER EDUCATION: Crisis & Purpose

William DeresiewiczWilliam Deresiewicz

William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, and author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (2015). Deresiewicz served as member of the faculty at Yale University for ten years, and his essay in the New Republic—“The Disadvantages of an Elite Education”—has been viewed over one million times online. “Solitude and Leadership,” an address at West Point, has been taught across the military and corporate worlds. Deresiewicz is a Contributing Writer for The Nation and a Contributing Editor for The American Scholar. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Republic, Slate, Bookforum, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Yorker online, and The London Review of Books.


Thursday, January 25, 7:00-8:30 AM

Thoughts on Paulo Freire in the 21st Century


Joia MukherjeeJoia Mukherjee

Joia Mukherjee MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health (PIH), an international medical charity dedicated to providing a preferential option for the poor in healthcare. She is an internist, a pediatrician, an infectious disease doctor and public health specialist. Dr. Mukherjee has been supporting PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest in partnership with local communities and health officials in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Navajo Nation. She also teaches Global Health Delivery, social medicine, infectious disease and human rights to medical students, residents, and fellows at a wide variety of US and international institutions.


Thursday, January 25, 11:45 AM–1:15 PM

Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech

Pareena LawrencePareena Lawrence

Pareena Lawrence serves as the President of Hollins University. Prior to joining Hollins, she served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Augustana College.  Dr. Lawrence received her M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, a M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University, and started her academic career at the University of Minnesota, Morris, a public liberal arts college.  She is a development economist by training, and her research explores the intersections of gender, families, the economy, and politics.


Friday, January 26, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM

John N. FriedmanJohn N. Friedman

Intergenerational Mobility and Higher Education in America:
New Findings from Big Data

Which colleges and universities account for the most upward mobility? And how is this changing over time?  Recent research on these questions using big data has provided the most detailed picture yet of student backgrounds and long-term outcomes for colleges and universities of all types.  Professor Friedman will present key findings from this research to offer a new perspective on student success in higher education in America and suggest new directions for policies to improve opportunities for all students.

John N. Friedman is PI for the Equality of Opportunity Project and Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs and Public Policy at Brown University. His research brings together theory and data and harnesses the power of large administrative datasets to yield policy-relevant insights on a wide range of topics, including education, taxation, retirement, and healthcare.