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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 26, 2005

UI To Consider Future Of General Education Curriculum At Oct. 28 Symposium

More than 100 University of Iowa faculty members are expected to join Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan and distinguished guests for a Symposium on General Education Friday, Oct. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Hogan said the symposium is an opportunity for the UI to focus on its efforts to support and enhance undergraduate education, as outlined in the UI Strategic Plan. The panel discussions and working group topics will focus on issues central to development and execution of a high quality undergraduate educational experience that prepares today's graduates to live, work and contribute meaningfully to the global economy they enter upon graduation.

The program will begin with welcoming remarks from Hogan at 8:30 followed by Professor Stanley Katz of Princeton University speaking on "An Education at Risk?" at 9 a.m. Katz, a professor of public and international affairs at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School is President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the leading organization in humanistic scholarship and education in the United States.

Following his address and discussion and comments from the audience, participants will break into a series of "working groups" to consider such topics as the content, timing, structure, administration and assessment of general education; general education for citizenship; general education and cultural diversity; general education for pre-professional students including pre-health sciences, pre-law, pre-medicine, and pre-public policy; and general education in diverse liberal arts disciplines including fine arts, humanities, mathematics and natural sciences.

At 11:15 a.m. the group will come back together to hear from Harvard University's Charles Maier speaking on, "From General Education to General Education:  A Half-Century Cycle of Reform." Maier is Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard where he teaches undergraduate courses on 20th-century world history, World War I and World War II, modern Italy, and political trials.

After a lunch break a panel of UI faculty will engage in an open discussion about the general education curriculum and the working groups from the morning session will report on their discussions and ideas.

In the days following the symposium, Hogan will capitalize on the ideas and insights generated by appointing a task force to make recommendations concerning general education at Iowa.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Lola Lopes, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, 319-335-0148,