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Have the Liberal Arts Become Too Politicized? A Meeting of the Left and Right

Date and Time

Thursday, June 12, 2014
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM


  • DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium


Join the Hauenstein Center for a conference on common ground featuring local and national scholars. There will be a series of keynote presentations and panel discussions on the perceived imbalances in the liberal arts in higher education throughout the day.


Academic rigor requires intellectual diversity. In recent years numerous books, studies, surveys, and articles have addressed perceived ideological imbalances – from both the left and right – found among faculty in the humanities and social sciences. Our June conference will focus on these perceived ideological imbalances in higher education and their impact. Specifically, our conference will bring in several keynote speakers and panelists – from the left and the right – to examine and search out common ground within the liberal arts.

This past year we have been focusing on a new leadership initiative, the Common Ground Initiative, which is an exploration and redefinition of what it means to be conservative and what it means to be progressive in the U.S. today. We have hosted a number of stellar researchers – for example, Jonathan Haidt – and received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring to our campus a number of scholars to investigate the first principles of these two traditions and explore the possible common ground that conservatives and progressives might share, not only politically and historically, but also culturally and within higher education.



Tori VanDragt, 331-2770,



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