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Institute lecture on "Liberal Arts Education : A Global Perspective" by Elizabeth H. Bradley

Institute lecture on "Liberal Arts Education : A Global Perspective" by Elizabeth H. Bradley


Speaker : Elizabeth H. Bradley Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

Day & Date: Thursday, January 8, 2020

Time :    2 pm

Venue :    Room No.31, VMCC, IIT Bombay



The talk will address the history and current state of liberal arts in higher education, including outcomes of the model and challenges to the model as a way of developing young adults' capacity and preparing them for their futures. The discussion will also address the use of technology in liberal arts higher education and consider how the democratization of information may shape models of higher education in the future. The talk will also consider the relevance and value of key components of liberal arts education including the breadth and flexibility of the curriculum to accommodate student choice; the focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and student empowerment; and the expectation of self-discovery and civic engagement.


About the speaker:

Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD has served as President of Vassar College since July 2017. Prior to this position, she was on the faculty at Yale for more than twenty years, and was most recently the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. Bradley’s research has focused on quality of hospital care and large-scale health system strengthening efforts within the US and abroad including in China, India, Ethiopia, Liberia, Ghana, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom. She has also published in the area of organizational leadership and change, with focus on higher education and the liberal arts. Bradley has published more nearly 320 peer-reviewed papers and has co-authored three books including The American Healthcare Paradox: Why

Spending More Is Getting Us Less. She is the 2018 recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Affairs.

Bradley graduated phi beta kappa from Harvard in economics magna cum laude, earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in health economics from Yale University.