Two leading thinkers on the topic will discuss "The Future of Liberal Arts" in a live and interactive global conversation on Google+ Hangout on Thursday, April 3, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. PST. Pomona College President David Oxtoby and Bard College President Leon Botstein will address the impacts of technology and globalization on higher education and dispel some of the myths about career opportunities for liberal arts students. They also will take questions during the online event, as well as fielding ones submitted in advance. Hosted by W.M. Keck Professor of English and Department Chair Kevin Dettmar, the conversation will be broadcast from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.
You may submit questions in advance or during the conversation by joining the Google+ Hangout or via email. Use the hashtag #futureofliberalarts on Google+ and Twitter to join the conversation. The Hangout video will be archived on the Pomona College YouTube channel following the event.
Later that evening, President Botstein will be speaking on "Arts and Humanities" as part of the 2013-14 lecture series on "The Heart of the Liberal Arts: Humanities in the Liberal Arts College." The talk will take place in Rose Hills Theatre (Pomona College, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont) at 8 p.m.
Botstein has served as the president of Bard College since 1975, and he also is the Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. Earning his degrees at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, Botstein was the youngest college president in the United States, leading Franconia College at 27. He is the music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra; conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; and founder and co-artistic director of the Bard Music Festival. Widely published, he is known as an educational innovator and as a leading advocate of progressive education.
Oxtoby has led Pomona College since 2003 and is a highly respected leader in U.S. higher education. He has delivered talks and participated in conversations about the role of liberal arts education in building democracy and entrepreneurship in countries ranging from Brazil to Kosovo to India. Oxtoby is currently president of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and has served as the chair for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. An internationally known physical chemist, Oxtoby is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Chemical Society. In 2012, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.