National conversation on "What does it mean to be liberally educated in the 21st century?"

Call for materials

Deadline to submit materials:
January 2, 2005

Upload materials at:
http://ntserver.pkal.org/national_conversation/

What does it mean to be liberally educated in the 21st century?

The National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources/Division of Undergraduate Education, is calling for conversations on that question-- at the campus level, within regional and virtual communities, and at the national level.

Project Kaleidoscope has been asked to engage colleagues within the nation's liberal arts colleges and comprehensive universities on addressing this question.

As a first step in the planning process for the PKAL-sponsored conversations, we seek existing essays, reflections from academic leaders who have thought deeply on such a question, particularly in considering the role of science (STEM) as a central liberal art in the 21st century.

By January 2, 2005, please upload the following here:

  • papers you, or persons from your campus community, have prepared that will inform conversations on this question during the spring of 2005
  • materials from any source that would inform these conversations.

Related Events

  • How do the sciences contribute to the goals of a liberal arts education?
  • How can they be a part of an integrated and coherent liberal arts curriculum?
  • And how can community be fostered among faculty from very different academic cultures?
  • These are the questions to consider at the Fifth Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, "Beyond Two Cultures: the Sciences as Liberal Arts." The conference will be hosted by the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, February 18 and 19, 2005. More information about the conference can be found at http://www.westmont.edu/institute/.

Resources on the conversation

  • Thoughts on science as a liberal art
    - Volume III- Structures for Science: A Handbook on Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Natural Science Communities
    This essay describes how the sciences set the pattern for liberal education.

  • What works- The student's perspective
    - Volume III- Structures for Science: A Handbook on Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Natural Science Communities
    From the student's perspective, this essay provides comments on improving the learning environment.

  • Bulleting of Science, Technology and Society: A New Trivium and Quadrivium
    - George Bugliarello, President Emeritus and University Professor, Polytechnic University
    Focusing on returning to the medieval trivium and quadrivium, George Bugliarello discusses how to approach science and its integration with other undergraduate subjects.

  • Project 2061
    - American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    This long-term AAAS initiative, provides a resource on the advancement of science, math, and technology literacy.