Campus Conversation on Thursday, September 12th from 12:30–1:45 p.m.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Please join us for the first Campus Conversation of the semester taking place on Thursday, September 12th from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Illinois Rooms, Student Center East. The title of this conversation is What’s Going on and Why? General Education at UIC: Is it Time for a Change?

This year we will begin a process to review the general education program at UIC. A task force consisting of 10 faculty members met throughout the spring semester to brainstorm ideas about new ways to think about the general education program at UIC. You can view the task force’s final report on my website linked here. This document is not a proposal but rather a narrative of their discussions, intended only to start the discussion.

This discussion about general education will continue with the first Campus Conversation next week, which will feature a panel discussion about the report by members of the task force with  time for audience Q&A.

The panel will include:

John Coumbe-Lilley
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
College of Applied Health Sciences

Lisa Freeman
Head and Professor, Department of English
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hannah Higgins
Professor, School of Art and Art History
College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts

Tony Laden
Professor, Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Agustina Laurito
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Serdar Ogut
Professor, Department of Physics
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dale Reed
Clinical Professor, Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering

Besma Smida
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering

Michael Thomas
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education

This conversation will also be streamed live on UIC’s YouTube channel.

I hope you will join me and your fellow students, faculty and staff for this Campus Conversation.


Susan Poser
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

This event is wheelchair accessible and will be live captioned. If you require an additional accommodation, please contact Kelcie O’Shea ( or 312-413-3456).

For more information, please contact:
Kelcie O’Shea

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