Monday, November 21, 2011

AAC&U/Aspen Institute: "Citizenship in the American and Global Polity" (I'm not sure there is a global polity... are you?)

2012 AAC&U/Aspen Institute Seminars on “Citizenship in the American and Global Polity”

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce two Wye Seminars on "Citizenship in the American and Global Polity" to be held in the summer of 2012.

The Wye Deans' Seminar —held June 10-14, 2012, for college and university chief academic officers, academic vice presidents, provosts, and academic deans—will focus on the challenges of academic leadership and liberal education in a diverse, global world. Participants experience liberal education at its best. They have the opportunity to explore the issues and values fundamental to our civilization with administrative colleagues from different disciplines and different institutions. They sharpen their skills of cooperative conversation and collective intellectual engagement. They return to their home campuses better able and equipped to exercise leadership among their colleagues in the advancement of liberal learning and across disciplines. The application deadline is February 12, 2012.

The Wye Faculty Seminar —to be held July 21-27, 2012—is one of the premier faculty development programs in the country. The seminar seeks to address what we believe is a central need of faculty members—to exchange ideas with colleagues from other disciplines and other institutions committed to liberal education and probe ideas and values that are foundational to liberal learning in a free society. Modeled in the tradition of The Aspen Institute Executive Seminars, the Wye Faculty Seminar combines three essential goals: to gather a diverse group of thoughtful individuals in intellectually rigorous discussions; to explore great literature stretching from ancient to contemporary time; and to translate ideas into action suitable to the challenges of our age. The Wye Faculty Seminar is offered to selected faculty members who have the honor of being nominated by their presidents and deans for their distinctive contributions to the quality of liberal education. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2012.

The Wye Seminars combine vigorous intellectual exchange with time to read, reflect, exercise, and socialize on the beautiful Aspen Wye River campus in Queenstown, Maryland. They are supported jointly by the AAC&U and the Aspen Institute.

For further information, contact: Charlene Costello, senior coordinator, phone 410-820-5374, fax 410-827-9182, or e-mail

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