Past Symposia on Engineering and Liberal Education

2008 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education

2009 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education

2010 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education

2011 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education

2012 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education

2013 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education


2010 panel on Engineering and Liberal Education presented at AAC&U

Engineering and the Liberal Arts: Strangers No Longer, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 5, 2008.

Organizations exploring engineering and liberal education.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Liberal Education Division (LED). This division provides a vital forum for those concerned with integrating the humanities and social sciences into engineering education.

International Network for Engineering Studies (INES): The International Network for Engineering Studies (INES) was founded in Paris in 2004 and currently has 275 members. INES operates as a collection of overlapping intellectual communities, linked by workshops, conferences, its journal Engineering Studies, and the INES website.

Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET).  The forum’s mission is (1) to encourage reflection on engineering, engineers, and technology by philosophers and engineers alike and (2) to build bridges between existing organizations of philosophers and of engineers.

Society for Philosophy and Technology   The Society for Philosophy  and Technology is an  independent international organization that encourages, supports and facilitates philosophically  significant considerations of technology.  Holds a biennial conference alternating between Europe and the US.  The 2009 Conference is at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. The journal of the Society, which includes papers from the biennial conferences, is Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology.

Transforming Engineering Education workshops at Olin College.

SEAD Network  SEAD Vision: We will become the leading advocate for collaboration among the sciences, engineering, arts and design, fostering innovation and learning that impact community sustainability and economic growth

Alliance for Promoting Innovation in Engineering Education  On September 12, 2008, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and the University of Illinois have agreed to help organize an Alliance for Promoting Innovation in Engineering Education (aPIE2). The Alliance is being formed now and Sherra Kerns at Olin and Dave Goldberg at Illinois are available to discuss planned activities and involvement.

National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) program.  Three-day workshop (first to be held November, 2009) sponsored by the Center for Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) of the NAE.

Symposia on Engineering and Liberal Education at Union College

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). The Society for the History of Technology was formed in 1958 to encourage the study of the development of technology and its relations with society and culture.

Society for the Social Studies of Science   Society for Social Studies of Science is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to understanding science and technology. While as many of us study technology as science, we continue to use our original name, or simply "4S".

Humanities and Technology Association: an interdisciplinary scholarly society that explores interactions of technology, science, the humanities, and the social sciences. Members include students and faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as practitioners from scientific and technological professions and careers. The Association was established in 1978 to promote understanding of the cultural interaction of the humanities, science, engineering, and technology and to help define how humanistic concerns interface with technological achievements and advances.

The 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (3TU.Ethics) brings together the expertise of the philosophy departments of the three technical universities in the Netherlands (Delft, Eindhoven, Twente) in the field of ethics of science, technology and engineering.

Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering (WPE), first held in 2007 (click for edited proceedings, Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda) in Delft, the Netherlands.

Organizations devoted to exploring the Liberal Arts

Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College

Association of American Colleges and Universities, publisher of Liberal Education, and home of the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative.

American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD). ACAD's mission is to provide chief academic officers and other academic administrators with networking and professional development opportunities and to support them in their work as educational leaders. ACAD members are characterized by their shared commitment to student learning and to the ideals of liberal education.

Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.  The Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), founded in 1965, is a national association of baccalaureate degree-granting colleges of arts and sciences whose purpose is to sustain the arts and sciences as a leading influence in American higher education.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, publisher of Change magazine.  Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an Act of Congress, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center whose charge is "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher."


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