The President of Sarah Lawrence College, Karen Lawrence will be in Qingdao on March 23, 2014, to deliver a talk on liberal arts education in the United States. Alumni of Sarah Lawrence College include fashion designer Vera Wang, current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel, and author Alice Walker. Check out more on this talk in Qingdao here.

From the Sarah Lawrence College website:
“In a talk to families of pre-college students and others interested in American higher education, Sarah Lawrence College President Karen Lawrence will deliver a talk titled “A Liberal Arts Education: Preparing the Millennial Generation for the 21st Century” on Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. at the Shangri La Hotel in Qingdao, China.

In her talk, President Lawrence poses the question: “How do we prepare our children for the rapidly changing and unpredictable world of the 21st-century?” While she references the various approaches to higher education in the US, Lawrence focuses on the distinctions of a liberal arts undergraduate education for 18-22 year olds. “American education—probably more than education in many countries, including China—is especially diverse and we have many kinds of institutions trying to address this question,” she said. “Unlike many European and Chinese universities, at liberal arts colleges students take a greater variety of subjects across these disciplines [humanities, languages, sciences, social sciences, and the arts] and, although they may concentrate on an area, they are encouraged not to specialize too early.”

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