Global Engagement in the Liberal Arts Conference

September 22-24, 2017

Carleton hosted the 3rd annual Conference in Global Liberal Arts on Sept. 22-24, 2017. The conference theme focused on how to effectively integrate "global issues" into the curriculum.

This conference, following on the 2015 event hosted at Connecticut College and that of 2016 (organized at Hamilton College), seeks to bring together teachers, administrators, and relevant staff to advance the efforts of liberal arts institutions as they entangle their curriculum with global issues.

The conference is a forum for the sharing of best practices, but it also serves as an incubator for new ideas.

The conference is free to attend, with no fees for registration or food. However, lodging is the responsibility of participants. Because lodging in Northfield can be challenging in September, we encourage participants to lock in accommodations early. See our Transportation and Accommodation page for details.

Conference Program

Friday, September 22

1:00  Welcome desk opens (Weitz Commons)

1:30-3:00  Open House at Off-Campus Studies Office
(Leighton Hall 119)
Stop by to say hi to OCS staff, see the OCS office space, and learn more about Carleton off-campus programming.

4:00  Opening Session with Beverly Nagel, Dean of the College, Carleton College (Weitz Cinema)

4:30  Panel I: Connecting Area Studies (Weitz Cinema)
How can area studies best connect with one another, as well as with other programs on campus?

  • Andrea Lanoux, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies, Connecticut College
  • Mark Williams, Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College
  • Al Montero, Professor of Political Science and Director of Advising and Faculty Diversity Recruitment, Carleton College

5:30  Reception (Weitz LOME (Lounge over Main Entrance))

6:30   Dinner
Weitz 236 (Registration required)

Saturday, September 23

8:00-8:45 Optional Arboretum Hike (for early risers!)

8:30  Coffee, Fruit, and Pastries (Weitz 236)

9:15-10:00  Panel I (follow-up): Connecting Area Studies, follow-up discussion (Weitz 236)

10:15-11:45  Panel II: Beyond Re-Entry: Integrating Off-Campus Learning upon Return (Weitz 236)
How can student experiences—study away, research, internships, etc.—best be folded into the curriculum upon their return?

  • Helena Kaufman, Director of Off-Campus Studies, Carleton College
  • Inger Bull, Director of International Programs, Colorado College
  • Josh Moore, Associate Director of the Office of International Education, Beloit College

12:00  Lunch Plenary Session: "Integrating the Far-Flung: e-Portfolios as a Tool for Collection and Reflection" (Weitz 236)

  • Paloma Rodriguez, Associate Director of International Programs, and Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, University of Florida International Center

1:30-2:00  Break (Weitz museum visit; campus stroll)

2:00-3:15  Panel III: Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (Weitz 236)
How can we best embed language-learning and culture in the curriculum?

  • Amy Dooling, Associate Dean of Global Initiatives and Director of the Global Commons, Connecticut College
  • Jolene Barjasteh, Professor of French, St. Olaf College 
  • Douglas Casson, Associate Professor of Political Science, St. Olaf College
  • Laura Goering, Professor of Russian, Carleton College
  • David Tompkins, Associate Professor of History, Carleton College

3:30-5:00  Panel IV: Collaboration with Co-curricular Offices (Weitz 236)
How can we build bridges between academic programs and off-campus study, language centers, civic engagement, career centers, etc.?

  • Sue Mennicke, Associate Dean for International Programs, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Amel Gorani, Director of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, Carleton College
  • Leah Spinosa de Vega, Director of Global Initiatives and Off-Campus Study, Augsburg College

5:00  Break

5:30  Reception (Gould Library (Global Carleton Exhibit))

6:00  Dinner (Severance Great Hall)

Sunday, September 24

8:30  Coffee, Fruit, and Pastries (Weitz 236)

9:00-10:30  Panel V: Sustainability (Weitz 236)
How can the various efforts at integration be sustained? What resources are necessary?

  • Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, Director of Cross-Cultural Studies, Director of the Center for Global and Regional Studies, Carleton College
  • Antonio Gonzalez, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Director of the Fries Center for Global Studies, Wesleyan University
  • Shuchi Kapila, Assistant Vice President for Global Education, Grinnell College

10:30-11:00  Future conference planning (Weitz 236)

11:00  Conference ends


Conference Organizers

Scott Carpenter
Professor of French
Director, Center for Global and Regional Studies

David Tompkins
Associate Professor of History