Elizabeth Robinson

Elizabeth Robinson serves as Director of the Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts at Middlebury College.

Save the Date: Middlebury Will Host Forum for Faculty June 11-13

This year, Middlebury College has been honored to launch our new Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship. At our first Annual Symposium, we welcomed over 100 participants for three days of sharing and collaboration. It was a rich, rewarding gathering. We were thrilled to have so many of you here on our campus to share your experiences with social entrepreneurship education at many of the world’s top colleges and universities. At a follow up workshop at the AshokaU exchange in February, our team – in our role as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus – was able to further explore the promise of social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts (in front of a packed house; it’s clear that folks on all kinds of campuses relish the chance to talk about the coming-together of these two ideals.) All of these conversations have helped us immensely as we have kicked off our Center’s many programs in the last three months.

Now we’d like to give back. On June 11-13, 2012, the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship will host a faculty and staff forum on social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts. The forum will take place at Middlebury’s beautiful Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, VT over three days, beginning at noon on Monday and running thru post lunch on Wednesday. (The cost will be $250.00 per person, which will cover participant’s lodging and meals.)

Why now? It’s clear that students on campuses all around the world are ablaze with the calling of being a social entrepreneur. This forum is being held to encourage conversation and collaboration about what has worked, what hasn’t, and – most importantly – what faculty and staff hope to achieve in the year or two that’s ahead. We are particularly keen on welcoming colleagues from New England colleges and universities; we hope that this is the first of a regular series of gatherings for colleagues in this extended area, building on the success of the AshokaU Exchange model.

At this forum, we look forward to exploring what we all have all learned about social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts (see the links below to two related essays below from Faculty Director Jon Isham.) But do know that this invite is by no means restricted to those working on campuses like ours. Above all, we see this as an opportunity for like-minded educators to reflect, to share, and to plan. And as you may be able to tell from the attached flyer, our Bread Loaf campus is an ideal place to do all three!

You may register for the Forum here.

On social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts
On putting the liberal arts to work