Friday, February 25, 9:30-11:00 am
A leading innovator in higher education, Bennington College President Elizabeth Coleman is widely recognized for her vision for liberal arts and their role in reinvigorating society. A veteran TED Conference speaker, Coleman serves on the board of advisors for the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin and lectures on strategic leadership at the Royal College of Defense Studies in London.
At Bennington, Coleman led an organizational restructuring to revivify Bennington’s pioneering educational philosophy, return the college to fiscal health, and advance new curricular programs – including a distinguished low-residency graduate program in writing, a unique center for the study of language and culture, and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, which invites students to put the world’s most pressing problems at the center of their education. Trailblazer Coleman emphasizes that learning is a “task of discovery.”
Beyond her work as an educational leader, Coleman has served on the boards of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Council for a Community of Democracies, Committee for Economic Development, and Neurosciences Institute in California. She delivered the keynote at the Artes Liberales General Conference in Warsaw, Poland, on “The Relationship Between Liberal Education, Freedom, and Democracy” and at the Getty Museum on “Art, Artists, and the Challenge of Liberal Education.”
Elizabeth with a call to reinvent liberal arts at TED
- The Bennington Curriculum: A New Liberal Arts– PDF of speech by Elizabeth Coleman
- Elizabeth at Bennington College