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…

Streets of Gothenburg, Maria Eklind

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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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…

Liberal Education Student Conference – LESC 2018 final report published

The 3rd edition of Liberal Education Student Conference took place in Utrecht in May 2018. Rising up to the expectations, the gathering was highly successful in attracting students from a diverse array of liberal arts institutions and programmes, including Eastern and Southern Europe (that were less represented in previous editions).A tip of the hat to…

European Liberal Education Student Conference – LESC 2018

With more than 90 participants from 10 different countries, the third European Liberal Education Student Conference (LESC 2018) is about to start at University College Utrecht – appropriately for the 20th anniversary year of the very first University College in the Netherlands. This year’s edition will feature discussions around liberal education with regards to pressing…

There’s no such thing as bad press – Lessons from FHS, Prague

In this first institutional profile published on ELAI blog, we offer a snapshot overview of a liberal arts programme as reflected by one of their members. Liberal arts initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe started in the 1990s, but language barriers and sometimes arcane organizational arrangements limited their recognition. Today, Mgr. Vratislav Kozák tells us…

ELAI Research Group email list

We would like to invite you to join our ELAI Research Group email list that would facilitate discussion on European forms of liberal (arts) education across institutions and generations. Our aim is to slowly built up a network of both young and accomplished professionals in various domains of educational scholarship who share the passion for…

Looking back, looking forward. Liberal Arts in Europe in 2018

This website was launched in August 2017 offering a database of liberal arts education institutions throughout the continent, a publicly accessible source of basic organisational data. ELAI website has attracted over 3.100 unique visitors during the first five months since launch, while the related Google map has been accessed over 2.300 times. An ebook on…

From Hamburg to Hong Kong

Liberal arts education continues to inspire non-Americans to hold debates about alternative purposes and practices of higher education. Tim Hoff from ELAI recently attended two of those and is happy to report on this on-going conversation about undergraduate higher education.Campus Innovation & November Expert Days, Hamburg (#CIHH17 #NEXD17)The University of Hamburg hosted a small conference…