New research on global liberal arts education

European liberal arts can be viewed as a component of a global upsurge in liberal arts education. There has already been a sizeable scholarly literature on the topic (see a section in ELAI Recommended Literature), but since the list has been published, at least two important contributions have been published.The first is an article “Global…

4th Liberal Education Student Conference is about to commence

The 4th edition of Liberal Education Student Conference takes place in Berlin as off now. The Organising Committee has been extremely busy over the last half a year to bring coherence into the plenary programme and track sessions. The programme, keynotes, and the core reading have now been announced, so for those who are coming,…

News on Liberal Arts in Europe, February ’19: Research, Delivery, Advocacy

2019 is off to a strong start, and ELAI is happy to provide some news from the front of European Liberal Education. This time, we have compiled brief information and links to new developments in research, delivery, and advocacy of liberal arts in Europe.A joyous celebration was held in Maastricht University on January 31st, when…

News on Liberal Arts in Europe, January '19: What’s new?

News on Liberal Arts in Europe, January ’19: What’s new?

2019 has arrived, bringing the joy of new beginnings on many fronts. We have prepared a short update about some of the current developments in the European liberal arts education scene.This Tuesday, January 22nd, the National Interdisciplinary Conference took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The day was packed with presentations from both faculty and students…

News on Liberal Arts in Europe, December '18: Looking back, looking forward

News on Liberal Arts in Europe, December ’18: Looking back, looking forward

As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to take a moment to reflect on what happened in European liberal arts education throughout those twelve months, and what to expect in 2019. In this post, we would summarize what happened, what we did, what to expect, and what we plan to do. Spoiler alert:…

Conferences 2019: CfPs and SAVE THE DATES

Conferences 2019: CfPs and SAVE THE DATES

Calling all liberal artisans, interdisciplinarians, polymaths, great books enthusiasts, and those who reject all the easy labels like the ones listed above.If you are interested in meeting fellow travellers in Europe in 2019, ELAI has compiled for you a list of conferences and academic gatherings of less formal type devoted to liberal education, in one…

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Liberal Arts in Sweden – Insights from a young researcher

From its beginning in 2017, ELAI has been striving to include in its coverage the developments of European liberal arts initiatives in languages other than English. Another important factor was the relevance of empirical research to complement perspectives of educational philosophy and the work of advocacy. And of course, much of the work of ELAI…

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“UCU20” – Documentary film release for University College Utrecht’s 20th anniversary

Founded in 1998, University College Utrecht (UCU) celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. As the first university college of its kind in the Netherlands, UCU has a rich history of pioneering their distinctive vision of liberal learning in the Dutch context. The following short documentary film by UCU alumna Abigail Prade shows how the university…

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Lectures on liberal arts in Europe published

Liberal arts communities from Utrecht and Warsaw have made available new materials relevant for liberal arts in Europe.LESC 2018 (see final report on their website) has now published the video recordings of all of their plenary sessions on liberal education. Those who could not have been there, or want to relive an experience, can now…

News on Liberal Arts in Europe, June ‘18

News on Liberal Arts in Europe, June ‘18

Spring was a busy time for liberal arts in Europe. This post includes reviews and updates on the most relevant events and publications. If you want to know more about LESS, LESC, UCDN survey, updated websites and where ELAI is going this time, continue reading.Review – 3rd Liberal Education Student Conference (LESC), Utrecht, The NetherlandsAlmost…