This year, Periclean Faculty Leaders (PFLs) presented two panels at The American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting held in San Francisco January 18-20th , “Reclaiming Liberal Education.” Each PFL taught an innovative course addressing a need identified by a community partner in addition to one of society’s grand challenges: Climate Change, Economic Justice, Education Access, Immigration, Mass Incarceration, Public Health, Race and Inequality, and Voter Engagement.
The first panel was “Creating Curricula, Empowering Communities” and highlighted new community engagement courses offered at various Periclean campuses. The faculty presenters included Ian Carbone (Associate Professor in Department of Environmental Science and Sustainability at Allegheny College), Nancy Dixon (Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of English at Dillard University), Stephen Haynes (Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Liberal Arts in Prison Program at Rhodes College), and Minjoon Kouh (Professor of Physics and Neuroscience at Drew University), and Kaitlyn Patia (Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing, & Public Discourse at Whitman College).
“Collaborating for a Healthier Democracy,” the second PFL panel, featured courses incorporating the Periclean Voting Modules. Presenters included Stephanie Kelley-Romano (Assistant Professor in the Department of Theater and Rhetoric at Bates College), Sandy Marshall (Associate Professor of Geography at the Department of History and Geography at Elon University), Sabrina Stierwalt (Assistant Professor of Physics at Occidental College), Kathleen Yep (Professor of Asian American Studies at Pitzer College) and as well as Project Pericles’ own Arielle Del Rosario, who also facilitated each of the panels.
With both a 75-minute and a 60-minute panel, an honor to have two chosen by the AAC&U’s selective process, this was a great opportunity to share the incredible work of so many Periclean Faculty Leaders – each of whom develop innovative curricula that create experiences that equip students to transform our political and social landscape. The PFL program is supported by the Mellon Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and The Eugene M. Lang Foundation. For more information about the PFL program, please visit our programs page.
AAC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Project Pericles has been presenting at the AAC&U Annual Meeting for the past 17 years.
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