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88th Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities
January 23-26, 2002
Changing Students in a Changing World

Culturally Diverse, Economically Divided, Globally Interdependent

As our nation seeks to recover from the heinous acts of violence of September 11, 2001, higher education has a critical role to play. In our fractured and fragile global community, the academy can deepen our collective knowledge of the world's peoples and problems and help advance democracy and justice everywhere. Today's world demands a new level of intellectual and intercultural sophistication and social engagement from college graduates.

Hundreds of new programs are already examining the basic questions about creating socially responsible, inclusive, and equitable societies. But how well are we making the case for forms of education that build civic engagement and intellectual capital? And how do we respond to forces that threaten to diminish the potential of this transformative moment in the history of the academy?

Join us in January 2002 as the AAC&U community explores what it will take to fulfill our most fundamental obligations to today's students and tomorrow's world.

Speakers include:

Opening Plenary, January 24: "Public Values in a Divided World: A Mandate for Higher Education." James A. Joseph, former American Ambassador to South Africa and Professor of Public Policy Studies, Duke University

Closing Plenary, January 26: "The Educated Student: Global Citizen or Global Consumer?" Benjamin R. Barber, The Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society, University of Maryland, College Park

Women's Networking Breakfast, January 24: "Women in the Global Economy: The Unseen Faces." Geeta Rao Gupta, President, International Center for Research on Women

ACAD Luncheon, January 25: "The Mixed Message Curriculum and What Deans Can Do About it?" Gerald Graff, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

Session Themes:

  • Curricular Designs and Pedagogies of Engagement
  • Student Diversity and the Promise of Intercultural Learning
  • Civic Engagement and Global Responsibilities
  • Faculty and Administrators in the Midst of Change

Pre-Conference Symposium,
January 23, 2002
Liberal Learning and the Challenge of Uncommon Values

Please join us as we explore some of the ways that colleges and universities are responding to the diversity of background, personal contexts, and values questions that today's students bring to campus.

Check AAC&U's Web site for regular updates and online registration: http://www.aacu-edu.org

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