2014 Annual Conference – PreConference Workshop

 2014 Annual AGLSP Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule

 Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sheraton University City Hotel (click for map)

8 am       Continental Breakfast – Sheraton Hotel 

9:00        Stand and Deliver: Teaching GLS Students to Teach in Various Settings
Organized by Debbie Finkel (Indiana University Southeast) and John Freeman (Rice University)

Graduate Liberal Studies students often plan to use their master’s degree to teach a college course for their local campus or community college. Even if they don’t plan to teach, most occupations require instructional presentations of some sort. In this workshop, panelists will present methods for teaching GLS students to teach in various settings (school, work, museum, etc.) followed by Q&A and group discussion.

10:45     Special Delivery: Advice from the Trenches
Organized by
Martha Banz (University of Oklahoma), Michael Garval (North Carolina State University) and Melissa Hilbish (Johns Hopkins University)

Graduate Liberal Studies programs are not immune to the rapid pace of change affecting higher education, and the now-competitive landscape requires programs to consider alternative means of course delivery to attract and serve an increasingly diverse student population.  This session presents advice from the trenches’ for these alternative delivery models including travel-study, online/hybrid, and cohort-based formats, and will be followed by Q/A and discussion.

12:15    Lunch

1:30        Engaging Your Alums – Continuing the Community and Fundraising 
Organized by Martin Anderson (Dominican University of CA, Retired), Jennifer Chutter (Simon Fraser University) and 
Michele Mrak (Southern Methodist University)

Organizing an alumni association for your graduates is a benefit you can add to your program and many of your students are likely interested in such an association and any activities it may offer.  In addition, in today’s environment, fundraising for your program from your alums may be beneficial or even necessary.  In this workshop we will address both issues and discuss how to form a GLS alumni association for large and small programs and how to go about fundraising for your program.

3:15        The Message:  Tailoring Your Marketing Strategy for Diverse Audiences
Organized by Stephanie Schechner (Widener University), and
Michele Mrak (Southern Methodist University)

One of the key challenges facing graduate liberal studies program directors is how to communicate the value and purpose of our programs to a variety of constituents.  At this highly interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to re-work their 2-3 minute program spiel to different audiences including:  a dean with budget concerns, a student prospect, a potential donor, and an employer trying to decide whether to reimburse her employees for the program.  To get the maximum benefit from this session, please come prepared with a 2-3 min. max. description of your program that you can deliver verbally.

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6 pm Opening Reception with Featured Speaker Jonathan Israel – Silverman Hall UPenn Campus (click for map)

6:00 pm                       Reception with hors d’oeuvres (cash bar)

6:45 pm                       Welcome

7:00 pm                       Featured speaker – Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study

Revolutions and Democratic Revolutions – What Makes the Vital Difference?

Most revolutions in modern history have ended in dictatorship, severe censorship and prolonged repression. Only a few, most notably the American Revolution, have resulted in stable constitutional outcomes that establish and preserve basic human rights.

What makes the difference? This lecture argues that the most essential ingredient has been the Radical Enlightenment democratic tradition.

Jonathan Israel spent most of his career teaching at University College London. He has researched and written mainly on Early Modern European and colonial history. Since 2001 he was been Professor of Modern European History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His most recent two books are: Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution and Human Rights 1750-1790 (Oxford, 2011) and Revolutionary Ideas:  An intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre (Princeton, 2014)

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