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Third Annual Alliance Conference

March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018

Price: $350.00
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Mark your calendars to join us this spring! The Alliance for Liberal Learning will hold its third annual conference on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, 2018 in downtown Chicago, IL. The conference will run from Friday morning, until mid-day on Saturday.
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Leading in the Learning Zone

Come a day early and be a pilot-tester in a FREE pre-conference workshop

When: Thursday, March 22 — 1:15p.m. – 5:30p.m.
Who: Led by Jocelyn Davis, Alliance director and author of The Greats on Leadership; sponsored by the Alliance for Liberal Learning
Where: At the offices of the Great Books Foundation: 233 North Michigan Ave., Suite 420, Chicago

Tapping stories and insights from Shakespeare’s Henry V, this half-day workshop presents a new way to think about leadership—in terms of learning, rather than top-down control. You’ll discover how to create a culture of wisdom, connection, and leadership at all levels.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to shape a new kind of leadership program. This pilot is the Alliance’s first foray into the multi-billion-dollar leadership training industry. We’ll be asking for your feedback and looking for volunteers to help us refine, test, and expand the offering, moving forward.

  • There is no extra charge—admission is included in your Alliance conference registration fee.
  • Everyone is welcome—no particular background or leadership experience required.
  • Prework will be minimal—10 minutes of reading and reflection.
  • The workshop will begin at 1:30pm on the dot. Please plan to arrive at the Great Books Foundation by 1:15 on March 22. Afternoon snack provided. Feedback session from 5:30-6:00pm. Folks with time and inclination can meet up for drinks/dinner afterwards.

To register, email Jocelyn at JocelynRDavis@gmail.com and let her know you’ll be there.

***Space is strictly limited to 20 participants, so reserve your seat soon.***

We look forward to seeing you there!

p.s. Each participant will receive a free copy of The Greats on Leadership as a takeaway.

This third Alliance 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 Alliance 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.

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Leon R. Kass Leon R. Kass, M.D., is the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and the Madden-Jewett Chair at AEI. He was the chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005. He has been engaged for more than 40 years with ethical and philosophical issues raised by biomedical advances and, more recently, with broader moral and cultural issues. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song, seeks to promote American identity, character and citizenship. Along with co-editors Amy Kass and Diana Schaub, Dr. Kass is presently working to expand this project by creating video discussions and curricula materials that demonstrate how short stories can be used to enhance our understanding of the Meaning of America.
Bruce-Cole Bruce Cole is the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the author of fourteen books and numerous articles. Mr. Cole was Distinguished Professor of Art History and Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 2008, he received the President’s Medal from the University for “excellence in service, achievement and teaching.” In 2006, Governor Mitch Daniels awarded Mr. Cole the Sagamore of the Wabash, which recognizes individuals who have brought distinction to the state of Indiana.

In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Mr. Cole the Presidential Citizens Medal “for his work to strengthen our national memory and ensure that our country’s heritage is passed on to future generations.” The medal is second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom among the honors the President can confer upon a civilian. Also in 2008, Mr. Cole was decorated Knight of the Grand Cross, the highest honor of the Republic of Italy.

In August 2013, Mr. Cole was appointed by President Barack Obama to be a member of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

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