The Arts of Leading: February 2019

Wake Forest and the Oxford Character Project are co-sponsoring an international conference on “The Arts of Leading: Perspectives from the Humanities and Liberal Arts” on Feb. 1-3, 2019 at Wake Forest University.

Across the globe, we are facing a crisis of leadership. While books and articles on “leadership” continue to multiply, much of this discourse remains confined to business and politics. To expand and enliven our understanding of leadership, we must integrate insights from the humanities and liberal arts.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together distinguished scholars and practitioners in the arts and humanities to explore new ways of understanding and imagining the theory and practice of leadership while attending to particular disciplinary ways of knowing. In turning to classics, literature, history, philosophy, religion and the arts, this conference expresses a commitment to the engaged liberal arts and seeks to explore what we can learn about leadership by engaging particular disciplinary perspectives on their own terms.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Kristin Bezio (University of Richmond)
  • Joy Connolly (City University of New York)
  • Paul Escott (Wake Forest University)
  • Marla Frederick (Harvard University)
  • Thavolia Glymph (Duke University)
  • Edith Hall (King’s College London)
  • Melissa Jones Briggs (Stanford University)
  • Emil Kang (University of North Carolina)
  • Elizabeth Kiss (Warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust, Oxford)
  • Noelle Lopez (Harvard University)
  • David Lubin (Wake Forest University)
  • John Miles (University of Oxford)
  • Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary)
  • Tahera Qutbuddin (University of Chicago)
  • Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw (University of Pennsylvania)

More details and registration will be available soon.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Oxford Character Project and Wake Forest University as part of an ongoing partnership to support leadership and character development.