Globalizing the Liberal Arts 1A collaboration between the National University of Singapore and Yale University, located in Singapore, Yale-NUS College aims to redefine liberal arts and sciences education for a complex, interconnected world.

At a time when the liberal arts are frequently met with skepticism in the United States, there has been strong interest in developing liberal arts programs in both Asia and Europe. This symposium and workshop, funded with grants from the Henry Luce Foundation, Teagle Foundation, and the J Y Pillay Global-Asia Program, will bring together approximately 50 faculty and senior staff from liberal arts colleges and universities around the United States to discuss renewal of college curricula. In particular, we will focus on how liberal arts and sciences programs can offer an international and multidisciplinary foundation for student learning through demanding and cohesive general education courses.

We hope to draw on our experience founding Yale-NUS College to share lessons learned in creating a new liberal arts college in Asia, and to discuss how our experience might prove relevant to curricular innovation in the United States. In addition, having undertaken a review of our Common Curriculum, we will discuss ways in which the College and other liberal arts institutions might improve their general education programs, specifically to incorporate Asian topics, themes, and texts into their curricula.

American faculty members’ understanding of how liberal arts education is being reimagined and reinvented by non-Western educational systems, such as Yale-NUS College, will offer a valuable opportunity for colleges and universities in the United States to re-evaluate their own curricula. As a result, this re-imagining of a global curriculum will support the sustainability of US liberal arts education.

The symposium, on June 6–7, will include keynote presentations by:

Yale-NUS College will host a symposium and workshop, Globalizing the Liberal Arts, on June 6 – 9, 2016 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.The workshop, on June 7–9, will offer an opportunity to do hands-on work for liberal arts and science faculty seeking to re-evaluate and improve their undergraduate curricula. As part of the workshop “deliverables,” participants will form working groups that will develop preliminary plans for implementing changes to their colleges’ and universities’ curricula. Benefits include increased understanding of various liberal arts models and improved relationships between and among liberal arts colleges and universities worldwide, as well as integration of new data on education and learning in order to improve the participating institutions’ curricula.

Registration and accommodation fees for participants will be paid by Yale-NUS College. Travel subsidies will also be available.


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