Reframing the Narrative: Leadership Toward Inclusive Excellence

July 9-11, 2018

On the campuses of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University

2018 conference workshops

Featured speakers include:

  • Rich Karlgaard, Forbes Publisher and Global Futurist, Economic Leader, Entrepreneur and Author
  • Lynn Pasquerella, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup
  • Randy Bass, Assistant Provost, Georgetown University
  • Joretta Nelson, Senior Vice President/Owner, Credo
  • Debra Humphreys, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, Lumina Foundation
  • L. Lee Knefelkamp, Senior Fellow, Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Mary Brainerd, Retired CEO, HealthPartners
  • Nathan Grawe, Professor of Economics, Carleton College
  • Jon McGee, Vice President of Planning and Public Affairs, CSB/SJU
  • Buffy Smith, Professor of Sociology & Associate Dean of Dougherty Family College, University of St. Thomas

The current narrative about the liberal arts is a strong indictment: The liberal arts are a luxury for the wealthy. Liberal arts education teaches an outdated canon with no connection to “real life.” The liberal arts provide good outcomes for students who were predisposed to succeed. Liberal arts colleges attract only students and families who already understand our value. 

Liberal Arts Illuminated aims to reframe this narrative to highlight the value of the liberal arts in practicing inclusive excellence. The liberal arts provide exceptional guidance for addressing current complex issues in higher education and provide insight to implement practices, policies, and programs fostering success for our institutions and all of our students.

We encourage participants to attend the conference in teams in order to have the most engaging experience and take the most practical learnings back to their campuses.

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