Liberal Education: Approaching the Digital

Transylvania University
Lexington, Kentucky
August 9-11, 2018

Sponsored by Transylvania University's Bingham Program for Excellence in Teaching

Seminar schedule 


The form must be completed by April 20, 2018. In addition, please email to the following:

  • A short statement (no more than one page) that explains your interest in the seminar.
  • A letter of institutional support.

Fifteen applicants will be accepted and will be notified in May. Acceptance includes the cost of the sessions, all seminar materials, three nights of hotel accommodations, meals during the seminar, and a stipend of up to $750 for travel expenses.

Seminar Goal: To examine the intersection of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of liberal education and the new opportunities and challenges posed by digitally constructed knowledge, technology, and pedagogy. 

This seminar seeks to contribute to a national conversation on the idea of liberal education and the mission of the liberal arts college amidst the extraordinary possibilities, as well as the potential pitfalls, created by digital technologies. 

The seminar seeks to clarify the ways liberal education can be pursued in the digital age, and to foster for its practitioners a deeper commitment to the preservation of liberal education at institutions of higher learning in America. A firm grounding in the liberal arts and digital technologies is essential to educating students to face the challenges and opportunities the 21st century presents. These technologies cannot be considered in isolation but must be explored in the context of the history and values of liberal education. The seminar presents a unique opportunity to bring together both the past and future of the liberal arts in order to help shape its evolution. Participants will be asked to consider how these principles contribute to our effectiveness as college and university teachers in the classroom, in the preparation of course offerings, and in the construction of curricula at our academic institutions. 

The seminar participants will be 15 faculty members selected from liberal arts colleges. Seminar sessions will be dedicated to the discussion of specific readings on various topics related to the concept of liberal education and the digital. Questions to be addressed include: 

  • What are the foundations of liberal education? 
  • What is its purpose?
  • Is liberal education changing in the digital age?
  • What is the relevance of liberal education in the digital age?

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University