Saint Mary's Forum To Explore Liberal Arts Value to Civic Engagement

What: "The Liberal Arts and Educating Citizens for the Common Good" is a Saint Mary's College of California symposium on the  importance of the liberal arts in educating responsible democratic citizens. The timely forum on civic engagement and education  will feature national advocates for the liberal arts in higher education Catherine Bond Hill, president of Vassar College and Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

While a stunningly large percentage of America’s leaders in virtually every field of endeavor possess a liberal arts background, the demand for a narrower, career-focused education is increasing. In an open forum, Hill and Schneider will address issues, such as how can a liberal arts education continue to meet society’s long-term needs for intellectual and democratic capital? How can it provide access to higher education for students from historically under-served groups and how should it prepare our workforce to function in a culturally diverse, globally interdependent, and technologically sophisticated world?

The forum will be moderated by Saint Mary’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Bethami Dobkin and will be followed by a lively question and answer session.

When: 7 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Where: Soda Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94556 (map)

More Info: "The Liberal Arts and Educating Citizens for the Common Good" is one of many engaging public programs offered during the "The Year of the Gael," the 150th anniversary year of Saint Mary's. The forum is part of a series of Great(est) Conversation(s) in celebration of the College's sesquicentennial. The series takes its name from “The Great Conversation,” a monicker for the Collegiate Seminar program — a hallmark of the College’s curriculum in which students read and discuss the ideas of the world's greatest thinkers. For more information about the forum please visit or call 925-631-4609.


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The Saint Mary’s College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For nearly 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church’s oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary’s College at and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.