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Making Connections:
Second Annual ALL Conference

October 28, 2016 - October 29, 2016

Price: $350
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Mark your calendars to join us this fall! The Alliance for Liberal Learning will hold its second annual conference on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, 2016 in downtown Chicago, IL. The conference will run from Friday morning, until mid-day on Saturday.

Oct 28: 9 am to 9 pm

Oct 29: 9 am to 2 pm

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This second ALL conference will:

  • Bring together representatives from key organizations advancing liberal learning
  • Increase awareness and understanding of member organizations’ missions and activities
  • Facilitate collaborations and partnerships
  • Provide professional learning and networking opportunities
  • Formulate outreach initiatives and plans for media and public relations advocating liberal learning

The conference will take place at Pinstripes in the heart of downtown Chicago. Pinstripes is conveniently located a short walk from many downtown hotels. (Click here for a list of suggested hotels.)

The ALL conference brings together representatives from institutions both academic and outside the academy—schools and colleges with formal great books and core texts curricula, residential and travel learning programs, degree-granting and non-degree—all with a common interest in the value of lifelong liberal education.

This conference features sessions and speakers addressing a wide variety of issues facing great books, core text and conversation-based liberal learning programs in schools, colleges, nonprofits and businesses.


john-agrestoJohn Agresto has taught at the university of Toronto, Kenyon College, Duke University, Wabash College, and the New School University. In the late 70’s he was at the National Humanities Center and, in the 1980’s, he served in senior policy positions (including Acting chairman) at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington DC. From 1989 till 2000, he was President of St. John’s College in Santa Fe.

In 2003 Agresto went to Iraq as the American Senior Advisor for Higher Education and Scientific Research for the Coalition Provisional Authority. In 2005 he helped found the American University of Iraq, serving as Acting Chancellor, Provost, and Academic Dean from 2007- 2010. He was also, at various times, the Lily Senior Research Fellow at Wabash, Scholar-in-Residence at Hampden-Sidney, and Fellow at the Madison Program at Princeton.

Agresto is the author of Rediscovering America: Liberty, Equality, and the Crisis of Democracy; Mugged by Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions; The Supreme Court and Constitutional Democracy; The Humanist as Citizen: Essays on the Uses of the Humanities; as well as Tomatoes, Basil, and Olive Oil – An Italian American Cookbook. He is currently at work on a book on Liberal Education.

Though retired, Agresto remains president of an educational consulting company and is a member and former chair of the New Mexico State Advisory Committee on Civil Rights.


Peter-PesicPeter Pesic is a writer, pianist, and educator. He is director of the Science Institute at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is also Musician-in-Residence and Tutor Emeritus. Since 1980, he has been deeply involved in St. John’s unified curriculum based on close study and discussion of great works, especially in shaping its unique program of study in laboratory science, mathematics, and music, including its Science Institute, which offers week-long intensive seminars on important texts in science and mathematics for teachers and other interested participants. His five books, seven editions, and sixty papers consider questions in the history and philosophy of science, music, and ideas. His book reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Times Literary Supplement. He is also editor-in-chief of Physics in Perspective and an Associate of the Department of Physics at Harvard University.



View the conference schedule here.

Conference sessions begin at 9am on Friday, and the conference closes at 2pm on Saturday. The $350 conference fee includes all sessions and speakers, Friday breakfast, lunch, reception, and dinner at Pinstripes, and Saturday breakfast and lunch.

Conference attendees can expand their weekend visit with additional activities of interest:

The Alliance conference coincides with the opening weekend of the Chicago Humanities Festival. For more information on events, please visit their website by clicking here.

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