Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Alliance for Liberal Learning (ALL) is to promote and support conversations about great works and ideas. ALL seeks to open the public imagination to the enduring value of lifelong liberal learning, which prepares us to live freely and well. ALL believes that the foundation of liberal education lies in active engagement with the ideas, insights and discoveries embodied in the world’s great books and works of art and science. ALL will bring together members of the general public, scholars, academic programs and institutions, businesses and other organizations promoting liberal arts education to share its work via seminars and discussions, conferences, online networks and sponsorship of events.


In June 2014 and February 2015, representatives of twenty organizations working in discussion-based liberal education—schools, colleges, nonprofits and businesses—met in Chicago to talk about common challenges and opportunities. From those two meetings, the Alliance for Liberal Learning was founded to enhance collaborations and collectively address issues facing liberal learning institutions.

A Message from the Executive Director

Meet our Board of Directors

The ALL board of directors is made up of founders and directors of organizations in the ALL network.  They represent institutions working to promote liberal education at the primary and secondary, university and adult levels.

  • Todd Breyfogle


    todd-breyfogle Todd Breyfogle is Director of Seminars for the Aspen Institute, overseeing a number of seminar offerings, including the Aspen Executive Seminar on leadership, values and the good society. He attended Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), where he read Ancient and Modern History and Patristic and Modern Theology. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought (as a Century Fellow and Javitz Fellow). He serves on several non-profit boards, is a recipient of research and curriculum grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arts and Humanities Research Board (UK), and the Templeton Foundation, and is editor emeritus of The American Oxonian, the quarterly publication of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. He is the editor of Literary Imagination, Ancient and Modern (University of Chicago Press). He currently chairs the board of the American Academy for Liberal Education and in 2012 was elected to the Senate of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
  • Susan Chamberlin


    susan-chamberlin Susan Chamberlin is the CEO of Warhawk Fund, an early stage investment fund and director, principal gifts, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Chamberlin also serves as a Director and finance committee member for the Joseph Campbell Foundation. The Joseph Campbell Foundation’s mission is preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell. From 2004–15, Chamberlin served three terms as Trustee of the National Outdoor Leadership School. Her tenure included serving as vice chair and secretary of the board as well as chair of the governance and public policy committees. NOLS is the leading provider of leadership and outdoor skills offered in the classroom of an extended wilderness expedition.

    Chamberlin is a frequent participant in the executive seminar and summer classics offerings at St. John’s College and has enjoyed completing several segments of the Masters in Liberal Arts offered by the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College.

    Prior to moving to Chicago to pursue her MBA in 2009, Chamberlin was the vice president for government affairs at the Cato Institute, a nonprofit public policy research organization. Chamberlin also taught and practiced law in Washington, DC. Chamberlin received her MBA from Chicago Booth, her JD from Wake Forest University School of Law, and her BS in industrial psychology from the University of Maryland. Chamberlin lives in downtown Chicago so as to enjoy easy access to sailing and triathlon training.

  • Joseph Coulson


    joe-coulson Joseph Coulson is President and CEO of the Great Books Foundation, receiving the appointment after a seventeen-year career in education as a classroom teacher, senior administrator, English professor, and director of teacher training and professional learning. Dr. Coulson has published two novels, three books of poetry, one stage play, and numerous essays. His first novel, The Vanishing Moon, was released as a Harvest Book by Harcourt and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Great New Writers series. He completed his undergraduate studies at Wayne State University and Oxford University, England, and he holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • David Curd


    David Curd has introduced Great Books anthologies and curriculum into elementary, secondary, adult basic, adult secondary, literacy and English acquisition for adult learner programs for the last three decades.

    Dr. Curd is founder and president of Harrison Middleton University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Great Books Foundation. He holds a J.D. from Drake University and an Ed.D. from Arizona State University.

  • Jocelyn Davis


    jocelyn-davis Jocelyn Davis is a business consultant and author with 25 years’ experience in the corporate learning industry.

    Previously she was Executive Vice President, R&D, for The Forum Corporation, a global leadership development firm. She is author of The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers (Hachette); co-author of Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution (Harvard Business Press); and has published widely on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning. Her clients have included companies such as Microsoft, Disney, and Unilever.

    Known as an exceptional leader herself, Jocelyn is the recipient of awards for excellence in management and product innovation. She holds an M.A. in philosophy and is currently working on a master’s degree in Eastern Classics at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, as well as a book about Eastern thinkers on leadership.

  • Robert Jackson


    robert-jackson Robert L. Jackson is Chief Academic Officer of the Great Hearts Academies, an organization comprised of more than two dozen classical charter schools in Arizona and Texas. Dr. Jackson’s vocation evolved from classroom teacher to English professor to senior administrator at the college level. Yet, he chose to leave higher education in 2013 to promote great books K-12 education in America by expanding classical charter schools. He has a Ph.D. in education from the Florida State University.
  • Tom Krause


    tom-krause Tom Krause is the founder and former Chairman of the Board of BST (Behavioral Science Technology, Inc.), a global safety performance consulting firm based in Ojai, California. Dr. Krause is president of The Agora Foundation, and he serves on the Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College and the Board of Directors of Thomas Aquinas College. He has a Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine, and master’s degrees from California State University-Long Beach and St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Paul O’Reilly


    paul-oreilly Paul O’Reilly is Vice President for Development at Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA. Dr. O’Reilly also serves as Vice President for Curriculum of the Agora Foundation. He has been involved in Great Books education for 30 years. Dr. O’Reilly holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from L’Universite Laval in Quebec, Canada.