Athens Democracy Forum
The Athens Democracy Forum is held each fall in Athens, Greece. Convened by the Democracy & Culture Foundation in association with The New York Times, the Forum brings together governmental, non-governmental, and industry leaders to discuss the state of democracy around the world. The Global Liberal Arts Alliance sends a cohort of students to Athens for a week to share their experiences with democracy and to participate in the Forum, providing a global youth perspective on democracy and democratic processes.
Leadership Development Seminar
An engaged liberal arts education prepares students to exercise good leadership in their personal, professional, civic and philanthropic lives. Through a competitive application process, students from schools in the Global Liberal Arts Alliance are invited to a weeklong leadership development seminar. Participants learn about definitions of and models for leadership and apply what they learn to a project they bring to workshop to develop with insights provided by peers from other parts of the world.
Global Course Connections
Global Course Connections “connects” courses offered on Alliance campuses in different countries providing the courses with an international dimension they would not otherwise have. Globally connected courses need not be the same or from the same discipline; what matters is that the courses provide different national/cultural perspectives on course topics. Courses that meet a “global learning” graduation requirement are good candidates. Research shows that students in these courses make gains in intercultural understanding. Faculty offering a connected course are invited to a summer workshop to co-design their course with their course partner.
Institutes bring together faculty, staff, and students from across the Global Liberal Arts Alliance to share their work (research, curricular and co-curricular programming, community engagement) on globally relevant topics such as water, global health, civic engagement, leadership, and transnational feminisms. These explorations encompass aspects of liberal education that Alliance schools have in common as well as the unique institutional contexts that shape each institution’s approach to the topic. Students participate in joint presentations with faculty and staff, and in student-only panels.
Library of Congress Research Initiative
Through a competitive process, three teams of faculty-student teams are selected to receive financial support to conduct scholarly research on a humanities-based topic for ten days at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Each team receives individual support and guidance from Library of Congress research librarians assigned to their projects.
The Grand Challenge program brings internationalization into the educational experience through collaborative exploration of a significant issue impacting humanity and whose scope spans disciplinary boundaries. The Grand Challenge topic, Challenging Borders, encompasses a wide range of issues that are best explored by international interdisciplinary teams across academic divisions. The goal is for Alliance schools to collaborate on dimensions of borders in ways that bring multiple perspectives to bear and that will lead faculty and students to a more global understanding of an issue and to the development of productive ways to engage people internationally.
Oral History in the Liberal Arts
Oral History (OHLA) in the Liberal Arts is an initiative of the Great Lakes Colleges Association supporting community-based teaching and learning through interview projects that use tools for digital scholarship and storytelling. OHLA projects result in public-facing digital exhibits, as well as pedagogical strategies, reflections, and tutorials developed for OHLA’s online resource hub.
Consortium for Teaching and Learning
The Consortium for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is an engaged community of faculty members who share a commitment to strengthening the quality of education and student learning at liberal arts colleges. Through periodic consortial meetings of faculty, articles, webinars, and digital town meetings, the CTL provides resources and services in support of effective pedagogy across the colleges of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance. The CTL will become host to an expanded array of resources resulting from the collaborative work of faculty across Alliance member institutions.
For Faculty and Staff
Inter-institutional visits are short-term visits by faculty, staff, or administrators from one Alliance campus to another to address a request for expertise. In some cases, one or more Alliance personnel are brought to the requesting campus to run a workshop or consult with campus members. In other cases, a person or small team from the requesting campus travels to one or more Alliance campuses to consult with experts. The program does not support visits intended to explore creating or strengthening bi- or multi-lateral relationships among Alliance schools.