With a theme of "Leadership and Liberal Education in a Global Context," the 2012 CIC/Aspen/Wye Seminar for presidents will explore the effects of the global expansion of knowledge on the ways we think about liberal learning. What habits of mind and scope of knowledge do our students need? What are the implications of the globalization of culture for our curricula? How do we encourage students at home and abroad to think about the place of education in a democratic republic, whether established or emerging? This Socratic seminar relies on classic works in the Western, African, and Asian traditions to provide a framework for a collaborative dialogue about the global context of higher education and the roles of presidents as intellectual leaders. Seminar participants will consider together the place of higher education in a democratic republic and elsewhere.
The seminar is led by David Townsend, Director of Wye Programs, Aspen Institute, and Tutor, St. John’s College (MD), and the participation fee is $200.
The 2012 seminar took place on January 7 after the 2012 Presidents Institute in Marco Island, FL.