Liberal Arts Education in the 21st CenturyVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Asia Society Global Education Series
Drinks Reception 6:30pm
In the technology-focused 21st century, the value proposition of a liberal arts education continues to be debated around the world. Must college and university students learn a "marketable skill"? How does deep engagement with questions of history, philosophy or science prepare graduates to succeed? Does liberal arts education need to change to improve student outcomes in a global, increasingly interconnected economy? Can studying liberal arts prepare students to meet the increasingly complex demands of employers? Colby College is tackling these questions through its innovative DavisConnects program. This provides students with facilitated global experience work, study or research — that aligns with their academic work and helps them think about how to connect their liberal arts learning to the world's most pressing challenges. President David A. Greene will explain more about how liberal arts education can — and must — change to meet the needs of a 21st-century economy and a global culture.
David A. Greene is the 20th president of Colby College, and has led the creation of DavisConnects, an innovative program that guarantees funded global experiences and supports internships and research opportunities through partnerships with corporations and non-profit and civic organizations. Before arriving at Colby, Dr. Greene was executive vice president of the University of Chicago. Prior to that, he served in leadership roles at Brown University and Smith College. Dr. Greene received a bachelor’s degree in history from Hamilton College, master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard University and a master’s and a doctoral degree in education and social policy at Harvard.
S. Alice Mong became executive director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center in 2012. She was previously based in New York for almost a decade in the non-profit sector, as director of the Museum of Chinese in America and executive director of the Committee of 100, a Chinese-American non-profit membership organization. Ms. Mong began her career at the Ohio Department of Development, and later became managing director of the Ohio Office of East and Southeast Asia based in Hong Kong. She also worked for Hang Lung Property Group. (Moderator)
Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty