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Liberal Arts

The Future of Liberal Arts

One day symposium
King’s College London
14 October 2014
Co-convenors:  Martin Robinson and Dr Aaron Rosen                                
Location: The Council Room, Strand Campus (near the chapel)   

Preliminary schedule

9.30 - 9.45                                              
Welcome from Dr Aaron Rosen
9.45 - 10.00 Opening address by Martin Robinson 
10.00 - 11.00 Student roundtable
11.00 - 12.00

Panel discussion on 'The International Context' 

Chair:   Dr Erika Balsom (KCL)


Fr Feidhlimidh Magennis (St Mary's University College, Belfast)

Dr Volker Balli (Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg, Germany)

Dr Theron Schmidt (KCL)

Dr Emily Pillinger (KCL)

Professor Phil Deans (Richmond)

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch 
13.00 - 13.45 Professor Frank Furedi,  'Why Liberal Education Matters'
14.00 - 14.45

Liberal Arts and School Examinations discussion on 'Are GCSEs and A levels sufficient for schools that wish to pursue a liberal arts curriculum?' 

Chair: Martin Robinson


Tony Sewell Generating Genius

Dr. John Taylor (Head of Philosophy and Director of Critical Skills, Rugby; Edexcel EPQ Chief Examiner)

Amanda Spielman (Chair of Ofqual)

Tricia Kelleher (Stephen Perse Foundation)

14.45 - 15.00 Tea break 
15.00 - 16.00

Panel discussion on 'The Liberal Arts and Universities' 

Chair:   Dr James Bjork (KCL)


Professor Russel Goulbourne (Dean of The Faculty)

Dr Mike Dobson (University of Exeter)

Carl Gombrich (UCL)

Professor Nigel Tubbs (Winchester)

Dr Eryl Price-Davies (Imperial)

16.00 - 17.00

Panel discussion on 'The Liberal Arts and Schools' 

Chair :   Claire Fox (Director of the Institute of Ideas)


Eddie Playfair (Principal, Newham Sixth Form College)

Tom Sherrington (Headteacher, Highbury Grove School)

Stuart Lock (Deputy Headteacher, Essex)

Hywel Jones (Headteacher, West London Free School)

17.10 - 18.10

Marc Sidwell on 'The History of the Liberal Arts' 

18.10 - 19.30 Drinks reception
19.30 - 21.00

Nick Pearce IPPR Introducing Dr. Jesse Norman MP

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