Association of American Colleges and Universities
Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?
2018 Annual Meeting: Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?
January 24–27, 2018
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Early bird registration deadline: November 17
The Power of Civic Engagement—Across Campus, Within Communities, Beyond Borders
Throughout the year and across the nation, we have experienced unprecedented levels of active citizenship as people exercise their democratic rights and exert their collective power as community members, citizens, and consumers. These expressions of trust or mistrust of public institutions, displays of pleasure or displeasure with the political direction of our nation, and efforts to ensure equal rights for groups who have been marginalized demonstrate the need to examine how higher education can prepare students to be engaged in civic action now and throughout their lives.
Opening Night Forum
Where Do We Go From Here? Leadership in Turbulent Times
AAC&U is delighted to welcome Doris Kearns Goodwin—world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author—who will present the inaugural Carol Geary Schneider Lecture on Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence.
Identity Matters: Realizing the American Dream
An open discussion moderated by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella with speakers Linda Martín Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and The CUNY Graduate Center and author of The Future of Whiteness; Naomi M. Barry-Pérez, Director of the Civil Rights Center for the US Department of Labor; Tamara Draut, Vice President for Policy and Research at Demos and author of Sleeping Giant: How America’s New Working Class Will Transform America; and Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation and author of The Other Wes Moore and The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters.
Higher Education: Crisis & Purpose
William Deresiewicz, award-winning essayist and critic and author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.
Networking Breakfast for Women Faculty and Administrators
Mentorship and Learning: Thoughts on Paolo Friere in the 21st Century
Joia Mukherjee, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health.
ACAD Luncheon Keynote
Intergenerational Mobility and Higher Education in America: New Findings from Big Data
John N. Friedman, Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs and Public Policy at Brown University.
9th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios
ePortfolios and the American Dream: Empowering Students to Take Ownership of Their Futures
Information about meeting highlights, pre-meeting workshops, the ACAD program of events, and other presentations are also online.
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