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Conversations for the Decade Ahead

As we pursue our strategic goal of becoming a “national exemplar of transformative educational and research excellence,” we will engage in a year of community-wide conversations about the rapidly changing environment of academia.

Drawing national experts in higher education, this new speakers series will serve as a foundation for wider community discussions on:

  • The challenges facing institutions of higher education, and SLU in particular
  • The future of higher education and how SLU may position itself in that future
  • The innovations taking place in higher education and the steps SLU may take to become the leading innovator among Catholic universities

For some lectures, speakers will be available to participate in small-group workshops with faculty, staff and administrators. If you are interested in hosting a workshop within your unit or for a group of colleagues, contact Doug Williams for more information.

To supplement the lectures and workshops, a library of articles about higher education has been established for members of the SLU community. 

2017-2018 Speakers

“Health – The Core 21st Century Challenge for the University”

Darrell Kirch, M.D., President and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Lecture Materials

“Educating for Democracy: Liberal Education and the American Dream”

Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D., President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Lecture Materials

“The Future of Arts and Sciences”

David Attis, Ph.D., managing director of strategic research with EAB, a best practice firm dedicated to helping institutions fulfill their missions and enable all students to succeed

Lecture Materials

“The Enlightenment and Catholicism: The Challenges of Inter-religious Dialogue”

James L. Heft, S.M., founding President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies (IACS) at the University of Southern California

Lecture Materials

“2028: The Decade Ahead for Higher Education”

Jeff Selingo, a leading authority on higher education worldwide and editor-at-large for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Lecture Materials

“Ten Propositions about Higher Education”

David Warren, Ph.D., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Lecture Materials

“Macro Trends in Higher Education”

Jim Hundrieser, Ph.D., associate managing principal of AGB Institutional Strategies

Lecture Materials

Workshop Materials