Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?

Posted by Association of American Colleges and Universities on October 2, 2017

2018 Annual Meeting: Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?

January 24–27, 2018
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Washington, DC
Early bird registration deadline: November 17

Pre-Meeting Symposium

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.

Opening Plenary

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.

Final Plenary
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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