Recommended Literature for studying European Liberal Arts Education

ELAI is pleased to publish a list of recommended literature for studying European Liberal Arts Education.An increasing number of developments in European Liberal Arts has produced its own subject literature. The relevant works are scattered across academic journals, books, pamphlets, and naturally across the Internet. Without a common scholarly platform, Liberal Artisans of all inklinks…

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…

UCU20

“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…

Daria Kleeva – Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Cognitive Style

ELAI continues to encourage liberal arts students and alumni in Europe to reflect on their pathways throughout their studies and afterwards. Today, we are happy to publish a piece by Daria Kleeva who is in her last year of studies at Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia.Over the last decades, plenty arguments, numbers, and facts…

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…