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Spring Forum on Liberal Arts to present recommendations

Emory Report | April 23, 2014

The Spring Forum on the Liberal Arts is Wednesday, April 30, at 5 p.m. in the Winship Ballroom of the Dobbs University Center.

The forum moves the Commission on the Liberal Arts (CoLA) into the next phase, says Robyn Fivush, CoLA chair.

After a year of deliberations, outreach and discussions, the CoLA committees—Learning through Innovation, Learning through Instruction, and Learning through Integration—will present their preliminary ideas and recommendations, which are designed to enhance Emory's leadership as a residential liberal arts research university, Fivush notes.

"CoLA's ultimate goal is to provide more flexible and permeable boundaries among units and constituencies, thus creating a more vibrant intellectual experience for faculty, students, staff, and alumni," she says.

Robyn Fivush, who is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology, will give opening remarks and moderate the presentations of reports.

Speakers include:

  • Kim Loudermilk, senior lecturer, Institute for Liberal Arts, and Maeve Howett, associate clinical professor, School of Nursing, co-chairs of the Learning Through Instruction Committee;
  • Hiram Maxim, professor, German Studies and Jacques Galipeau, professor, School of Medicine, co-chairs of the Learning Through Innovation Committee;
  • Thee Smith, associate professor, religion and Ruth Parker, professor of general medicine, School of Medicine, co-chairs, of the Learning Through Integration Committee.

Provost Claire Sterk, executive vice president for academic affairs, and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health, will give the response.