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Liberal Arts Illuminated

Liberal arts colleges are more important, and more practical, than ever. But they face enormous and unprecedented challenges — challenges related to their purpose, their role, their value and, ultimately, to their sustainability and viability as institutions.

There is tremendous opportunity in those challenges.

We are called to innovate, to embrace risk in new ways and to define a future for our students and our institutions that positions the liberal arts as a critical part of our social, political and economic future.

We are called to lead.

Andrew Delbanco

Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker

Andrew Delbanco

Author of College: What It Was, Is and Should Be

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Liberal Arts Illuminated
Pathways, Possibilities, Partnerships
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
  • Brings together trustees, faculty, administrators and policymakers to wrestle with challenges and issues facing liberal arts education.
  • Features presentations and discussions to facilitate new pathways of opportunity, new partnerships and new opportunities to lead. 
  • Solutions-oriented and forward-thinking conference proceedings will be published and shared widely to continue constructive conversation about the liberal arts.
  • Hosted on the campuses of two liberal arts colleges, situating the conversation in a beautiful academic setting with Benedictine hospitality.

Hosts and Co-Chairs

Dr. Mary Dana Hinton
College of Saint Benedict

Dr. Michael Hemesath
Saint John's University

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