On her first day of English class at Hostos Community College during the fall 2017 semester, Maria Diaz glared at the reading handout, a Plato excerpt on the trial of Socrates. “I used to be like, ‘Prof, why are we reading this? It’s so boring and confusing,” she recalls. But only months later, Ms. Diaz […]
Changing the Conversation
THE ALLIANCE FOR LIBERAL LEARNING promotes and supports conversations about great works and ideas. We believe in the enduring value of lifelong liberal learning, which prepares us to live freely and well.
Who we are.
The Alliance for Liberal Learning is an exciting new initiative that brings together North America’s leading institutions and individuals dedicated to advancing liberal education as a lifelong endeavor.
The organizations in the Alliance are leaders in Socratic learning, inquiry- and discussion-based learning, classical education, core text and Great Books programs across the spectrum of elementary, secondary, college, adult continuing education and informal adult learning.
They share a belief in the profound and lasting benefits that a liberal education brings to our educational, civic and personal well-being.
What we do.
The Alliance works to increase public awareness, understanding and appreciation for lifelong liberal education. We provide professional learning and networking opportunities, and we facilitate partnerships and collaborations among Alliance organizations.
Join us at our third annual conference in Chicago in March 2018!
The conventional wisdom about 21st century skills holds that students need to master the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — and learn to code as well because that’s where the jobs are. It turns out that is a gross simplification of what students need to know and be able to do, and some […]
Columbia University invites applications from tenured faculty members who have an active interest and accomplishments in liberal arts teaching and curricular development for an appointment in the 2018-2019 academic year as Visiting Professor in the Columbia College Core Curriculum. Visiting Professors in the Core Curriculum will receive a salary of up to $90,000 for a […]