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The Practical and the Liberal Arts

September 18, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art • Lecture Hall • Madison
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
221 State Street Lecture Hall
53703 Madison , WI

Amidst the intense national debate over the value of higher education, the Liberal Arts have been much maligned as a useless pursuit with no practical application. Yet over a third of all Fortune 500 CEOs have a Liberal Arts degree, and Silicon Valley tech companies are hiring almost as many Liberal Arts graduates as those with STEM degrees. So, why does the myth of “the useless Liberal Arts degree” persist?

Kevin Reilly, UW System President Emeritus, moderates a panel of experts who will discuss the economic, personal, and societal impacts of a Liberal Arts education and explore what America's diverse body of students and employers—as well as the American public—say they want and need from our colleges and universities. Panelists include Madison College Provost Turina R. Bakken, Beloit College President Scott Bierman, MadREP President Paul Jadin, and UW pediatrician and literacy advocate Dipesh Navsaria.

This panel discussion is hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Advance registration is required. Registration is $10 for the general public, and free for Wisconsin Academy members and students with a valid photo ID (please present ID upon entrance). 

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Thank you to Wisconsin Academy donors and members and the following sponsors for their support of this panel discussion: 

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Turina R. Bakken is the Provost at Madison College. In this position, she oversees all Academic Schools, the University Partnership Center, continuing and professional education, business development, workforce and economic development, faculty development, academic planning and innovation.

Scott Bierman became the 11th president of Beloit College in July 2009. This followed 27 years at Carleton College, the highlight of which was being named the Ada M. Harrison Chair of Teaching Social Sciences and Professor of Economics and then serving as Dean of the College.

Paul Jadin joined MadREP as President in November 2012. Prior to that, Jadin served as both the Secretary of Commerce and Secretary/CEO of the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation since January 2011.

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD is a pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children's librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate.

Kevin P. Reilly is President Emeritus and Regent Professor with the 26-campus University of Wisconsin (UW) System, having served as President from 2004-2013.

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