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2013 National Symposium


Reinventing Liberal Education

Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2013
Miami, Florida
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How should we rethink and reshape liberal education for the 21st century? How can we maintain our commitment to the goals of liberal learning during a time of urgent economic and social pressures? How can we ensure that our colleges are providing the type of liberal education that empowers new graduates to become engaged participants in a complex global society?

The emerging challenges of the 21st century— such as climate change and cross-cultural cooperation—will require creative and flexible thinking that involves the integration of multiple skills and perspectives. Undergraduate liberal education has traditionally developed students’ capacities of open-minded inquiry and critical thinking, while expanding their intellectual horizons through guided engagement with the arts, literature, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences.

In recent years, however, some critics have chastised liberal education as being an ivory-tower indulgence that is losing its relevance in an increasingly competitive global economy. The recent economic crisis, coupled with pessimistic employment prospects for many college graduates, has generated pressure on colleges to increase their focus on vocational training. The rising costs of college tuition during a time of economic hardship have prompted more students and parents to scrutinize the monetary value of a college degree.

These countervailing trends of criticism and support have placed the liberal arts at a critical juncture. The Faculty Resource Network at New York University is pleased to announce the 2013 National Symposium Reinventing Liberal Education. During the two-day symposium, through keynote presentations, plenary panels, and breakout sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss insights and strategies for promoting the liberal arts.

The Faculty Resource Network at New York University is pleased to announce the 2012 National Symposium New Faces, New Expectations. During the two-day symposium, keynote presentations, plenary panels, and breakout sessions will explore these topics in greater detail. We look forward to seeing you at what is sure to be a productive discussion of these crucial issues.

Registration Information

If you would like to register for the symposium, please complete the registration form, either by submitting online, or by completing the pdf and sending to us by fax to 212-995-4101 or by email to by Friday, November 8, 2013. To view the pdf registration form, click here.

Registration Deadline| November 8, 2013
Hotel Reservation Deadline| October 30, 2013

Participation in the National Symposium is free of charge for faculty members and administrators from Faculty Resource Network and Leadership Alliance member institutions. To see if your institution is a member of the Faculty Resource Network or Leadership Alliance, please click here. For participants outside of the FRN consortium, there will be a $150 registration fee. Upon receipt of your registration form, you will receive an invoice for payment.

Hotel Information

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved for attendees of the Faculty Resource Network National Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Hotel, located on 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables, Florida.

Situated in the “Beverly Hills of Miami” just two blocks from Coral Gable’s Miracle Mile shopping, dining and entertainment area, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables is minutes from South Beach, downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, the Coral Gables business district, and is only four miles from Miami International Airport. This four-block district includes over 40 eateries, four theaters, art galleries and more than 170 shops for a shopper’s paradise. Beautiful beaches and green fairways are steps away for that perfect getaway whether visiting for business or pleasure. For information on the amenities available at Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, please click here.

Special Symposium Rate

Standard Rooms: $159 per night

Rooms are on reserve for November 21, 22, and 23. For the best room selection and availability, please make your plans as early as possible.

All reservations can be made via Passkey. The link to Faculty Resource Network’s designated reservation page is below. Reservations will be accepted at the group rate until October 30, 2013. Any reservations over and above the group block are based on availability.

To access the Hyatt Regency registration page please click here.

Ground Transportation

Limited bus service between the symposium proceedings at the Grand Hyatt and the University of Miami will be provided to all symposium participants.

Previous National Symposia
  • 2012 National Symposium: "New Faces, New Expectations"
  • 2011 National Symposium: "Emerging Pedagogies for the New Millenium"
  • 2010 National Symposium: "Engaging Students in the Community and the World"
  • 2009 National Symposium: "Challenge as Opportunity: The Academy in the Best and Worst of Times"
  • 2008 National Symposium: "Defining and Promoting Student Success"
  • 2007 National Symposium: "Advancing Women and the Underrepresented in the Academy"
  • 2006 National Symposium: "The Millennial Student"
  • 2005 National Symposium: "Spirituality and Higher Education"
  • 2004 National Symposium: "Beyond Brown vs. Board of Education: Diversity and Higher Education"
  • 2003 National Symposium: "Approaching Assessment: The Road Ahead"
  • 2002 National Symposium: "Being a Professor..."
  • 2000 National Symposium: "The Future of Liberal Arts Education"
  • 1999 National Symposium: "The Teaching and Learning Continuum"