Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

2014 Ethics Center Annual Conference

The Value of Liberal Arts Education and America's Future

Monday, April 28, 2014   |   6 p.m.

12th Floor Lounge, Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street | New York, NY 10023

Sponsored by the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education and the Task Force on the Future of Liberal Arts Education

Conference Speakers


REBECCA CHOPP   |   President, Swarthmore College

Rebecca Chopp is President of Swarthmore College. Chopp is a well-known scholar of progressive religious movements in American culture and has most recently focused her work on changing structures and cultures of higher education, on the role of liberal arts in a democratic society, and on religion and higher education. She is the author or editor of five books, including The Power to Speak: Feminism, Language, God (2002) and The Praxis of Suffering: An Interpretation of Liberation and Political Theologies (2007), and has published more than 50 articles.  Prior to joining Swarthmore, Chopp served as president of Colgate University and served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University. 

ANDREW DELBANCO     |   Professor, Columbia University

Andrew Delbanco is the Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University and director of the American Studies Program. He is the author of several books, including College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be (2012), Melville: His World and Work (2005), The Real American Dream (1999) and Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now (1997). Delbanco's essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, Chronicle on Higher Education and  The New Republic.  In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named by Time Magazine as "America's Best Social Critic." In 2003, he was named New York State Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities. 

JAMIENNE STUDLEY   |  Acting Under Sectretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
Jamie served as deputy and acting general counsel of the Department in the Clinton Administration from 1993-99.  During that time, she had responsibility for implementing the negotiated rulemaking process, led the negotiated rulemaking on financial responsibility, and served on the White House Regulatory Reinvention Group. In March 2010, Secretary Duncan appointed her to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which she chaired in 2012-13.  Earlier Jamie was President and CEO of Public Advocates Inc., a San Francisco based civil rights advocacy group; President of Skidmore College; Associate Dean and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School; Executive Director of the National Association for Law Placement; and special assistant to HEW Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris in the Carter Administration. She has served as board member and treasurer of the American Association of Colleges and Universities; vice chair of The Annapolis Group; on the policy committees of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Campus Compact and the New York State Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, and as member and chair of the San Francisco Ethics Commission.  Jamie grew up in Woodridge, NY (Sullivan County) and attended Fallsburgh Central Schools. She earned her Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Barnard College and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School,  She has been recognized with the Distinguished Alumna Award from Barnard College (2012) and as a Champion for College Opportunity from the Campaign for College Opportunity.
JILL TIEFENTHALER   |   President, Colorado College

Jill Tiefenthaler is President of Colorado College. She is a leading scholar in the field of the economics of higher education. Her essay on the shifting economic and financial models for liberal arts colleges appears in Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts (Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2013), and she has offered her expertise on this issue in numerous presentations across the country, including for the Institute for College Futures. As professor of economics at the college, she regularly teaches a block class on the economics of higher education. Before becoming president of Colorado College, she served as provost and professor of economics at Wake Forest University, where she led the implementation of the university’s strategic plan and key initiatives, including diversity in admissions and enrollment, establishing new models for enhanced interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and integrating the university’s undergraduate and graduate business schools.

RICHARD VEDDER    |    Director, Center for College Affordability and Productivity

Richard Vedder is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University, Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Vedder has written widely on American economic history, authoring such books as Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America and The American Economy in Historical Perspective. He served as a member of Secretary Margaret Spelling's Commission of the Future of Higher Education, and is the author of Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much. Dr. Vedder is also the author of numerous scholarly papers for journals in economics and public policy, as well as shorter pieces for the popular press including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The American Enterprise, CATO Journal and Forbes. He received a BA from Northwestern University and a MA and PhD from the University of Illinois.




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