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2010.02.19> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

President of AAC&U to Lecture at UNO

Omaha - Carol Geary Schneider, the president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), will give the inaugural Kent A. Kirwan Liberal Arts Lecture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Tuesday, March 2. Her lecture, which will focus on the ongoing importance of Liberal Education in American higher education, is being held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences.

“We are extremely gratified that Dr. Schneider will be in Omaha,” said David Boocker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education.” The lecture starts at 7 p.m. in the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center on UNO’s Dodge Street campus. There is no cost to attend.

AAC&U has more than 1,150 institutional members. Under Schneider’s leadership, AAC&U launched Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), a ten-year public advocacy and campus action initiative designed to engage students and the public with what really matters in a college education for the twenty-first century. The LEAP campaign builds on AAC&U’s major effort, Greater Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to College, a multi-year initiative designed to articulate the aims of a twenty-first century liberal education and to identify comprehensive, innovative models that improve learning for all undergraduate students.

Schneider has been president of AAC&U since 1998. She joined the organization in 1988. Prior to her appointments at AAC&U, Schneider spent ten years at the University of Chicago, where she directed the Midwest Faculty Seminar–a scholarly and educational collaboration between the University of Chicago and fifty midwest colleges. She was a founding director of The University of Chicago Institutes on Teaching and Learning and also helped establish the Chicago Teaching Program, a pioneering effort to deepen graduate students' preparation for college teaching.

The Kirwan lecture is named after Kent Kirwan, a UNO emeritus professor of political science, who remains active on campus and in the community.

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