The Liberal Studies Colloquium

The annual Liberal Studies Colloquium brings students and faculty together to discuss a topic related to all of our core courses. The day-long event includes keynote addresses by academics distinguished in their fields followed by small, discussion-centered breakout sessions; it is also accompanied by a web module of faculty-authored reference documents available on the Virtual Commons Blackboard site. Modules from past colloquia on the Black Death and Abolition of Slavery are also available there. 

The 2008 colloquium, “Made In China: Globalizations Past and Present,” featured Yale historian Jonathan Spence as keynote speaker. Following his talk, participants attended one of three student-led breakout sessions on Economics, Culture, or Politics. The event concluded with a luncheon at which faculty members hosted small tables, each devoted to discussing a particular topic related to the Colloquium.

Students and faculty at the 2008 Colloquium keynote address.Attendees at a student-led breakout session on the history of Buddhism in China.