News on Liberal Arts in Europe, June ’19: Students’ initiatives update

News on Liberal Arts in Europe, June '19: Students' initiatives update

The 4th Liberal Education Student Conference took place from May 2 to May 5 in Berlin. This edition was organised by the students of Bard College Berlin. Over 70 students from all over Europe have contributed to the success that this conference was. The track+plenary format from previous LESC conferences was retained, a new track on Education was added. Those interested in what happened can now satisfy their curiosity by reading the Final Conference Report, browsing through the pictures, or watching the keynotes by Ulrike Wagner, David Hayes and Michael Weinman, and Teun Dekker (followed by the presentations of the final projects).

angLES journal (European Liberal Education Students journal) has just been launched and is now accepting submissions for the first issue, with a deadline on June 30, 2019. This initiative targets liberal arts students seeking a venue to publish their first academic paper of an interdisciplinary character. angLES is based at University College Freiburg. Those interested in helping turn the initiative in the lasting success might be delighted to hear angLES is seeking more people to support them in a range of editorial tasks.

Lastly, and fittingly, David Kretz has recently been interviewed about his liberal education by Margarethe Hatting for Die Bärliner, The Bard College Berlin Student Blog. David started his studies at ECLA (European College of Liberal Arts) in 2012, but graduated from BCB (Bard College Berlin) in 2016; so he witnessed the fascinating period of transformation, and while there even helped convened a project on the history of the institution. In his inspiring interview, David reflects on his rich experiences with many academic institutions, including the University of Chicago where he now studies for his PhD as a joint degree in Germanic Studies and Social Thought.

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