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2015 Annual Meeting

SVHE 91st Annual Meeting | July 22 - 26, 2015

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Working Together? Collaboration and the Future of Higher Education


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Plenary Speaker

Timothy Eatman, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Syracuse and Faculty Co - Director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life 

Reacting to the Past returns!

Kentucky 1861: Loyalty, State and Nation led by David Stewart, Amy Berger and game author Nick Proctor.

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Schedule Overview 

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Morning Seminar descriptions

Interest Group Descriptions

Schedule at a Glance (The Grid)

Once called "The Week of Work," the annual meeting of SVHE was and is unlike many other academic gatherings. Papers in progress are presented in various interdisciplinary seminars and in the Call for Papers working groups, where each receives thoughtful and constructive response from participants. Plenary sessions give opportunity for coherent exploration of a thematic focus, with ample time as well for discussion with speakers. Although most Fellows are professionally involved with matters of higher education, many are from other ways of being. In addition, families and partners are welcomed as full participants in all sessions (with special programming provided for those under 18). We seek to create a setting where we are not just "managing knowledge" but also trying to live toward wisdom and committing ourselves as whole human persons to 'the sterner discipline of seeking a common good in human affairs."


Over the 4-5 days, we pursue these goals in formal and informal ways, including gathering for:

Morning Group Seminars which explore themes from "Historical Fiction" to "Theorizing Culture, "Forms of Autobiography to "Sustainability" and more. The only rules are first names only and confidentiality when appropriate to sustain a safe haven for frank discussions.

Afternoon and Working Groups as well as Plenaries that delve into thematic concerns with both personal and public dimensions.

Programs for the young and not so young "Society Brats" who have sailed on the Chesapeake Bay as well as discovered we are all at least bicultural.  Several have grown up to be Fellows and serve on the Board of Directors.  

Long conversations at breaks, over meals, and into the evening such that laryngitis is the only threat to the playing with ideas that is our mainstay.

We rotate the location of our conference to accommodate our membership, favoring institutions with a strong commitment to providing a liberal arts education.

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