Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

  • Albion College Albion, Michigan U.S.A.
  • Al Akhawayn University Ifrane, Morocco
  • Allegheny College Meadville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Antioch College Yellow Springs, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • The American University of Beirut Beirut, Lebanon
  • American University of Bulgaria Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
  • The American University in Cairo Cairo, Egypt
  • The American College of Greece Athens, Greece
  • The American University of Nigeria Yola Adamawa State, Nigeria
  • Ashesi University Accra, Ghana
  • Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Denison University Granville, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • Earlham College Richmond, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • Effat University Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • FLAME University Pune, India
  • Forman Christian College Lahore, Pakistan
  • Franklin University Switzerland Lugano, Switzerland
  • Hope College Holland, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • International Christian University Tokyo, Japan
  • John Cabot University Rome, Italy
  • Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Kenyon College Gambier, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Lingnan University Hong Kong
  • Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Wabash College Crawfordsville, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • The College of Wooster Wooster, Ohio, U.S.A.

  • Athens Democracy Forum
  • Science Pedagogy
  • Global Course Connections
  • Borders Workshop

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance will join with Deree-The American College of Greece as Educational Partner for the prestigious New York Times Athens Democracy Forum (ADF) to be held in Athens, Greece September 13-17, 2017. The Forum will involve a broad range of participants from around the world; from New York Times columnists Roger Cohen and Paul Krugman to representatives of the United Nations to business executives, representatives of NGOs, and senior government officials. Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, and Hyeonseo Lee, a North Korean defector and human rights activist, will speak at the Forum.

The theme of this year’s Forum, ‘Solutions for a Changing World’, addresses important questions about globalization, international cooperation, and the enduring nature of democracy at a time of unique challenges around the world. The theme speaks to the heart of Liberal Arts education and its mission to educate global citizens who can work together to solve complex problems that bring positive change to a turbulent world.

Deree-The American College of Greece, in close cooperation with the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, will coordinate Forum programming for a team of student delegates from Alliance institutions. Student delegates will be asked to consider the questions raised by the Forum’s theme from the perspective of youth from their part of the world. We aspire for the student delegates to make a meaningful contribution to the Forum, to communicate their experiences to their campuses, and to return to their campuses with a plan for action to address a challenge identified at the Forum. Some of the resulting projects may be presented at the 2018 Global Alliance Institute on Leadership for “Doing Good”.

A four-day workshop for science and engineering faculty from the Global Liberal Arts Alliance will be held at Deree - The American College of Greece on June 18-21, 2017. The goal of the workshop is to build an international community of science faculty at liberal arts colleges who share ideas, resources, and enthusiasm about teaching and learning in the sciences. Growing a faculty community necessitates face-to-face engagement, and this workshop will provide the first opportunity for us to come together. The workshop will cover “backward” design in curriculum development, writing student learning goals, matching assessment of student learning to goals, and using rubrics for assessment.  We will discuss the value of using articles from the scientific literature in the classroom to teach fundamental concepts through current research examples, and will collaboratively develop new literature discussions as a group. Active learning, action research, and other evidence-based practices will be presented. After the workshop, the community will have a virtual home on the Trellis site (, continuing their engagement by sharing ideas and resources.

Global Course Connections “connects” a course offered an Alliance campus in one country to a course offered on an Alliance campus in another country, providing the courses with an authentic multicultural/multinational dimension they would not otherwise have. Globally connected courses need not be from the same discipline; what matters is that they provide different perspectives on one or more aspects of a theme present in both courses. Planned classroom interactions as well as the unplanned, informal exchanges that occur make a difference in how students think about parts of the world that are very different from their own and about which they know little.

Border crossing represents a defining characteristic of the 21st century: we live in an age of unprecedented global connectedness yet belong to communities delimited by political, legal, cultural, linguistic, disciplinary, and other borders. The effort to make sense of this paradoxical reality - Border Studies - has emerged as one of the fastest growing interdisciplinary fields in the academy.

Liberal arts institutions offer ideal spaces to study borderlands in the widest and not merely geographical sense of the term. The emphasis on critical thinking across the disciplines positions our institutions especially well to analyze the many impacts of border enforcement and border crossings. Yet little scholarship exists about the pedagogy of Border Studies and the verdict is still out on the best means by which the liberal arts may contribute to this field.

This July, faculty from eight liberal arts colleges on three continents will gather at Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) - a Global Alliance school located a stone's throw from the Swiss-Italian border. With support from at Global Alliance Grand Challenge grant, FUS and Kenyon College have teamed up to design a six-day workshop, "Border Studies in the Liberal Arts." Through presentations, brainstorming, and writing sessions, the twenty-nine participants will develop plans for how we teach Border Studies within the liberal arts curriculum and how the liberal arts contribute to the evolving field of Border Studies.

By design, the workshop is small, so that participants may develop working relationships and produce actionable plans for teaching, research, and institutional collaborations that move Border Studies forward. Participants include junior and senior faculty and administrators from the social sciences, sciences, humanities, arts, and technical fields. Participating institutions include Franklin University Switzerland, Kenyon College (USA), Al Akhawayn University (Morocco), American University of Paris, Ashesi University (Ghana), Deree/American College of Greece, Earlham College (USA), and John Cabot University (Italy).

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
535 West William. Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

+1.734.661.2350 (voice)
+1.734.661.2349 (fax)