What is the role of liberal arts in business? How does research in traditional liberal arts fields intersect with the concerns of business disciplines? What does interdisciplinary work between liberal arts and business look like?
Answers to these questions will be uncovered at the Kern Symposium on Liberal Arts and Business, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Student Innovation Center, Rochester Institute of Technology. Read More...
The symposium—a blend of short talks, small-group conversations, and facilitated discussion—draws upon research published by the Carnegie Foundation that makes a new case for integrating liberal arts with business studies. Speakers from a wide range of disciplines including communication, management, marketing, and philosophy will exchange ideas, share best practices, and explore the potential of research and learning at the intersection of liberal arts and business.
The goals of the symposium include 1) facilitating an exchange of ideas, 2) sharing best practices, and 3) articulating the role of RIT’s College of Liberal Arts – especially in education and research related to business. The symposium is open to the entire community, and is supported William A. Kern Endowment in Communications. Read Less...
|9:00||Coffee & Continental breakfast|
Jamie Winebrake, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, RIT
Overview of symposium, Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder
|9:30-9:50||Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, Professor of Philosophy of Management, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
(“Art, Aesthetics and Organizational Strategy”)
|9:50-10:10||Pushkala Prasad, Zankel Chair Professor of Management and Liberal Arts, Skidmore College.
("Permission to Wander: Interdisciplinarity and Making a Difference in Management and Organization Studies")
|10:10-10:30||Mollie Painter-Morland, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University.
(“Redefining Leadership Capacities with Sustainability and Ethics in Mind”)
|11-11:30||Group Introductions – everyone will be invited to participate|
|11:30-12:00||Matt Statler, Richman Family Director of Business Ethics and Social Impact Programming, New York University.
(“Integrating Liberal Arts and Business in the Classroom")
Break out groups, discussion, networking
|12:30-1:30||Lunch (Included for all participants)|
|1:45-2:05||Michèle Stanners, Fellow, Arts and Leadership Initiative, Cultural Agents at Harvard University.
(“They laughed when I said I was going to art school: New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Creativity”)
|2:05-2:25||Jeffrey Durgee, Associate Professor of Marketing, Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
(“Research at the Interface Between Marketing, Consumer Behavior, and Art”)
|2:30-3:00||Coffee – Break out groups, discussion, networking|
|3:00-3:30||Report Back and feedback|
|3:30-4:00||Panel Discussion: Between Liberal Arts and Business
Hector Flores, Dean, Graduate School, RIT
Andrea Hickerson, Assistant Professor of Communication, RIT
Victor Perrotti, Associate Professor, Saunders College of Business, RIT
Sandy Rothenberg, Professor, Director, Saunders College Institute for Business Ethics, RIT
Patrick Scanlon, Chair, Department of Communication, RIT