Integrating the liberal arts and engineering focus of annual symposium

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Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, will deliver the keynote address at the College's annual symposium on integrating a liberal education with engineering.

The two-day symposium kicks off Friday afternoon, June 1, with sessions in the Wold and Olin centers. President Stephen C. Ainlay will give welcoming remarks at 6 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

Pasquerella’s talk, “Escaping Westworld,” follows.

Among the schools and companies represented at the symposium are IBM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John Hopkins University, California Polytechnic State University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Rochester, Franklin & Marshall College and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Pasquerella was appointed the president of the AACU in 2016 after serving as the 18th president of Mount Holyoke College from 2010-16.

She was the provost at the University of Hartford from 2008 to 2010, and vice provost for Academic Affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island, where she began her career as an ethics professor in 1985.

A philosopher whose work has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, Pasquerella is committed to championing liberal education, access to excellence in higher education and civic engagement.

She has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy and the philosophy of law. She is the host of Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute.

As the first liberal arts college to offer engineering in 1845, Union holds a distinctive place in higher education.

This marks the 11th year the College has hosted a conference on integrating engineering and the liberal arts. The event has attracted national attention, including the Chronicle of Higher Education.

This year’s symposium is funded in part by the Laurence W. Levine ’52 and Barry Traub ’53 Endowed Lecture Fund.

Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Lynn Pasquerella