2015 Wye Faculty Seminar

Citizenship in the American and Global Polity: An Interdisciplinary Seminar for College and University Faculty

July 18, 2015 to July 24, 2015
Aspen Institute-Wye River Campus
600 Aspen Ln
Queenstown, MD 21658

See complete information at www.aspeninstitute.org/seminars/wye-academic-programs/wye-faculty-seminar


The mission of the Wye Faculty Seminar is to assist professors from colleges and universities in relating their teaching to broad issues of citizenship in the American polity and beyond. The Seminar seeks to address a central need of faculty in liberal arts institutions—to exchange ideas with colleagues from other colleges and other disciplines while probing ideas and values that underlie their teaching and the lives they lead as liberally educated persons. Modeled in the tradition of The Aspen Institute Executive Seminars, each Wye Faculty Seminar strives: 

  • first, to gather a diverse group of thoughtful men and women in intellectually rigorous roundtable discussions – truly around the table to converse with rather than confront one another;
  •  second, to explore great literature stretching from ancient to contemporary times, not merely for artistry of language but for the power of ideas on fundamental issues in our society, and
  • third, to translate ideas into action suitable to the challenges of our age.


Founded by Douglass Cater, then president of Washington College, and Josiah Bunting III, then president of Hampden-Sydney College, the Wye Faculty Seminar began as a pilot program in August 1983, when five small liberal arts colleges—Washington, Hampden-Sydney, Hood, Sweet Briar and Spelman—sent twenty professors to participate in an experimental, round-table discussion of “Citizenship and the American Polity.” Upon the retirement of Douglass Cater from Washington College and Josiah Bunting’s assumption as headmaster at the Lawrenceville School, the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Aspen Institute agreed to co-sponsor the Wye Faculty Seminar in 1991. This established partnership ensures that the Wye Faculty Seminar will remain unmatched in its power to provide professors teaching in the nation’s liberal arts colleges and universities the opportunity to come together for a week of intellectual dialogue.


Presidents, provosts, and deans are invited to nominate up to three faculty members to attend this unique faculty development program, the Wye Faculty Seminar on Citizenship in the American and Global Polity. We encourage participation by professors representing a wide variety of disciplines. In past seminars, specialties have ranged from the classics, languages, history, drama, and philosophy, to economics, political science, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Alumni of these seminars have consistently praised the week at Wye and the many benefits they bring back to their home campuses. (Nominees may approach the sponsoring officer and submit registration once approved.)

Once the nominee(s )have been notified or approved by their sponsoring CAO the nominee(s) should complete the on-line application form before March 6, 2015.

All nominee(s) will be contacted of their acceptance by email confirmation on or before April 6, 2015.  Each seminar begins with an opening reception and dinner on the evening of the first day and closes with lunch on the final day. Participants’ guests are welcome on a double occupancy basis for a small additional fee, which includes room, board, social events, and a copy of the readings. Guests are welcome to observe the seminar, but do not participate in the roundtable discussion.


Each college or university is required to provide travel costs and a participation fee of $2,975 for each Fellow. The fee includes tuition, lodging, meals, social events, and the seminar readings that are sent to participants well in advance of the seminar. Payment by check is preferred although the Institute will accept major credit cards. Limited scholarship funds are available in cases of special need.


For further information, contact: Charlene Costello, Senior Coordinator, phone 410-820-5374, fax 410-827-9182, or charlene.costello@aspeninstitute.org