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GALA workshop Mapping the Liberal Arts

GALA workshop Mapping the Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts College at the Russian Presidential Academy for National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow is pleased to announce a GALA workshop Mapping the Liberal Arts to be held at the LAC (RANEPA) on 23-24 March 2018.

The aim of the workshop is to map liberal arts provision and practices across GALA and identify focal points that could strengthen cooperation between partner institutions. All aspects are open for consideration, including administering programmes, teaching and learning, curriculum design and development.

Mapping the Liberal Arts will bring together colleagues from across the GALA network to share their experiences of developing the liberal arts within different institutional and national contexts and to exchange ideas about the future of liberal arts education. The aim of the workshop is to map liberal arts provision and practices across GALA and identify focal points that could strengthen cooperation between partner institutions. All aspects are open for consideration, including administering programmes, teaching and learning, curriculum design and development. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to hear about individual stories of success and discuss common key issues and questions.

The workshop will be split into three parts. The first part will aim to answer the question: at a time when many higher education institutions without a formal liberal arts curriculum apply liberal arts practices and methods, what makes liberal artts programmes and colleges distinctive and valuable? To this, we will aim to identify the ‘fixed’ and ‘variable’ features and ‘common denominators’ of liberal arts practice and that we see in those institutions as well as in formal liberal arts programmes. For the second part each participant will give a short presentation (15 minutes) about the impact and success of the liberal arts at their institution, followed by a general discussion aiming to define the key ‘unique selling points’ of each partner institutions’s liberal arts provision. The final part of the workshop will be dedicated to action planning, which will draw on the issues and challenges involved in developing liberal arts provision and practice as rasied by the worksop participants, and will look to enable dialogue and the sharing best practice between partner institutions.

The result of the workshop will be a map of liberal arts provision and practices across the GALA network that will identify potential opportunities for advice, cooperation, and training, provide a springboard for related meetings and workshops, and help to inform individual institutional agendas and strategies. Such a liberal arts map will always be provisional but it will, we hope, be the first of several theoretical and practical workshops focused on liberal arts provision and practice across the network.

We invite our colleagues from across the GALA network to register for a participation in the workshop by 31 January, 2018.

LAC RANEPA will provide each participant with visa support, two nights’ accommodation, and meals during the workshop.

To register for the Mapping the Liberal Arts workshop, please answer the questions below and send them by January 31, 2018 to the workshop co-ordinator Alexandra Artamonova at rane.artamonova@gmail.com

  1. Name, Last Name
  2. Institution, Position

Alexandra is also happy to respond to any questions about the workshop.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Moscow.

 

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