Inaugural Symposium: The Power of the Liberal Arts — Denison President Adam Weinberg ’87 on College Campus as Lab for Civic Education


Adam Weinberg

The Power of the Liberal Arts,” the symposium that is prelude to the inauguration of Clayton S. Rose as Bowdoin’s 15th president, comprises leaders from the worlds of business, design, government, higher education and public health. The symposium will be held in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, 2 p.m.­–5 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015. In advance of the discussion, we continue a series of participant profiles.

Adam Weinberg ’87 is deeply invested in increasing the civic engagement of college and university students. The world, he has said, faces some of the toughest global and social issues in history, and students must be pushed to confront the differences among people that prevent us from solving these problems.

As vice president and dean of Colgate University, Weinberg developed the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education, a model for engaging students in public works, and he also helped launch Democracy Matters, an organization that involves students from more than 100 college campuses in the political process.

Weinberg has been president of Denison University since 2013. He has a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University, and is co-author of Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Development and Local Environmental Struggles.

He is currently writing a book on the relationship between higher education and civil society.

Prior to Denison, Weinberg was president and CEO of World Learning. In a Denison Magazine article, Weinberg said he believes college campuses should be “design labs in civic education, labs that allow students to tackle issues from … roommate disputes to societal inequalities.”

The reporter noted that Weinberg believes “the future will be shaped by people who can thrive in diverse environments, who embrace constant change and who can creatively solve problems.”

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