2016 Society of Fellows Annual Weissbourd Conference

Does Liberal Education Need Saving?

May 19-20, 2016

Ida Noyes Hall, Third Floor Theater, 1212 East 59th Street

Organized by Aviva Rothman and Aaron Tugendhaft

**Videos are up!  Click on the schedule page to access videos of the talks.**

Does liberal education need saving? Some would consider an affirmative reply obvious. Under pressure from academic professionalization, corporatized universities, and a society obsessed with practical outcomes, liberal education must be championed anew or risk disappearing. Others argue that liberal education is at best a luxury that our society can no longer afford, at worst an elitist agent that reinforces social inequalities. To such minds, shifts away from liberal education are no reason to lament. And then there are those who dismiss the prophets of doom, arguing that liberal education remains alive and well on college campuses today. This conference brought together historians, theorists, administrators, and educators to discuss the meaning of liberal education, the roles it has played through history, and its purposes and prospects for the future. 

The 2016 Society of Fellows Weissbourd Conference was sponsored by the Society of Fellows and the Bernard Weissbourd Memorial Fund together with generous support from the College, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, UChicagoGRAD, the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion, 3CT, and the Departments of Classics, East Asian Studies, History, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Philosophy.

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Conference Schedule

Participant Bios

The Bernard Weissbourd Memorial Fund

Conference Press:

Saving the Liberal Arts

Liberal Educators Looking Inward

Admissions Failure

Can Liberal Education Save the Sciences?