USD to host liberal arts dialogue The University of South Dakota has been selected as one of six campuses in the nation this spring to co-host a campus-community dialogue on liberal arts education with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The event will take place on the university's campus in Vermillion from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 7. The campus-community dialogue is part of a national effort to provide a high-quality liberal arts education for all students, regardless of academic major. It
began with the Campaign for the Advancement of Liberal Learning (CALL), a pledge of more than 500 college and university presidents to promote liberal arts education in the 21st century. USD is the only university in South Dakota to have signed the CALL.
Keynote speakers for the event include Dr. Debra Humphreys of AAC&U and Dr. Lee Knefelkamp of Columbia University. Other panelists include Bob Sutton, vice president of government and public affairs at Citibank; Shannon Barney, immediate past student association president at USD; Dr. Ron Nelson, international civil servant at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; and Dean Barry Vickrey of the USD School of Law.
Participants in the event will address some of the most important and difficult questions facing higher education in America today. The ability of liberal arts education to prepare students for today's challenges, the current generation of college students, and the value of a liberal arts education
over vocational training will be among the topics discussed.
"The redoubled commitment of the university to liberal arts education makes this a very appropriate time for the AAC&U to hold one of its national dialogues on our campus," said Dean Matthew Moen of USD's College of Arts & Sciences. "As the designated public liberal arts university of South Dakota, we provide leadership to the state and region on the philosophy and practical delivery of liberal arts education. It is vital that we design and deliver an education that serves students well throughout their lives."
The event is titled Greater Expectations after a national report by that same name, which calls for liberal arts education in the 21st century. The campus-community dialogue at USD is free and open to the public.