Past Meetings

2016 Summer Conference

SVHE 92nd Annual Meeting | July 13 – 17, 2016 | Oberlin College, Oberlin,OH
Topic: The Politics of Dissent: Satire, Sarcasm, and Spite in Civil Society

Archived from 2016: | Program Guide | Fees | Airport Transportation | Hotel Information | Campus Map | Morning Seminar descriptions | Interest Group Descriptions | Schedule at a Glance  | Auction Items

Featured Speakers:

Sophia McClennen
Sophia McClennen

Sophia McClennen and The Future of our Democracy: Satire, Millennials, and Social Democracy on Wednesday, July 13 Sophia A. McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University and is the author of Is Satire Saving Our Nation? co-written with Remy Maisel (Palgrave 2014), Colbert’s America:Satire and Democracy(Palgrave 2013).

Rebecca Schuman
Rebecca Schuman

Rebecca Schuman: Decoding Civility, Achieving Discourse on Thursday, July 14
Rebecca Schuman a journalist and essayist whose work on education, Germany, literature and popular culture regularly appears in Slate and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is the author of the forthcoming comic memoir Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Awkward Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations Only They Have Words For (Flatiron Books/Macmillan, Feb. 2017), as well as the academic book Kafka and Wittgenstein (Northwestern University Press, 2015). She received her PhD in German from the University of California-Irvine in 2010 and spent four years on the fringes of academia before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in St. Louis.

2015 Summer Conference

SVHE 91st Annual Meeting | July 22 – 26, 2015 | Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Topic: Working Together? Collaboration and the Future of Higher Education

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.

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.

2014 Summer Conference

SVHE 90th Annual Meeting | July 16th – 20th, 2014 at University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Topic: Minding the Gap – Educating for Economic Justice

Meeting Information: FM News! | Fees | Schedule at a Glance (The Grid) | Campus Map | Morning Seminar descriptions | *Extended info about Pop Culture seminar* |  Interest Group Descriptions | Poverty, Politics and Policy Panel | Program Book

Over the 4-5 days, we pursue these goals in formal and informal ways, including gathering for:  Morning Groups which explore themes from “Historical Fiction” to “Theorizing Culture: Knowledgeable Consumers and Consuming Knowledge”, “Autobiographical Writing” to “Philosophy of Place”, from “Pop Culture” to “Religion and Violence”.  The only rules are first names only without regard to position 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.  Ways to exercise through physical exertion as well as metaphysical meditation and musical teamwork.

2013 Summer Meeting

SVHE 89th Annual Meeting | July 24th – 28th, 2013 at University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Topic: Debt: Obligations that Shape our Lives

For more detailed information on this year’s meeting click on the links: Program Guide | Meeting Guide  | Morning Groups

Once called “The Week of Work,” SVHE was and is unlike many of the “alphabet soup” academic gatherings. Papers in progress are presented in various interdisciplinary seminars and in the Call for Papers (CFP) 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.”

2012 Summer Conference

2012 Meeting SVHE 88th Annual Meeting | August 3-7 at Drew University, Madison, NJ
Topic: Imagination & Compassion in Higher Education

For more detailed information on this year’s meeting click on the links: Schedule | Meeting Guide | Morning Groups | Call For Papers | Working Group Schedules and Summaries | Reacting to the Past

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

  • Morning Groups which explore themes from “Historical Fiction” to “Theorizing Culture: Knowledgeable Consumers and Consuming Knowledge,” “Autobiographical Writing” to “Philosophy of Place,” from “Pop Culture” to “Religion and Violence.” Whatever, the only rules are “first names only without regard to position” 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 how we are all at least bicultural. Several have grown up to become Fellows and serve on the Board of Directors. To understand the impact of our inclusion of family, please read what one wrote when in junior high school. Noel Lampazzi
  • Long conversation at breaks, over meals, and into the evening such that laryngitis is the only threat to the playing with ideas that is our mainstay.
  • Ways to exercise through physical exertion as well as metaphysical meditation and musical teamwork.

2011 Summer Conference

Annual Meeting of the Society for Values in Higher Education at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, July 27-31, 2011
Topic: IMMIGRATION AND IDENTITIES: ACADEMIC CULTURES IN TRANSITION

Other info: “The Grid” (meeting schedule) | Meeting Guide | Call For Papers – deadline extended to May 15, 2011 | Mary Jo Small Fellowships | Plenary Speaker – Isabel Wilkerson | Morning Groups | Reacting to the Past | Auction | The Rock’s space adventure!

2010 Summer Conference

Annual Meeting of the Society for Values in Higher Education at Portland State University on July 21-25, 2010
Topic: Making Choices – Sustainability in a World of Conflicting Values

More info: Plenary Sessions | Morning Groups | Call for Papers | Reacting to the Past | Mary Jo Small Fellowship