Reid Golden

Hartwick’s Golden Accepted for Prestigious Seminar Program

May 24, 2011

Dr. Reid Golden, Hartwick College Professor of Sociology and Faculty Chair, has been accepted as a participant in the prestigious Transylvania Seminar, to be held July 28-31, 2011 on the campus of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

This year's seminar, titled "Twenty-first Century Liberal Education: A Contested Concept," seeks to contribute to a national conversation on the idea of liberal education and the mission of the liberal arts college in twenty-first century America. The project proceeds from the recognition that liberal education is an "essentially contested" concept deriving from a variety of differing, yet interrelated, intellectual traditions. Only 15 participants were selected from a field of more than 100 applicants.

"Dr. Golden has been intimately involved as a leader, advocate, and practitioner of the 'liberal arts in practice,' Hartwick's incarnation of liberal arts education," explained Hartwick Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Michael Tannenbaum. "He has thought deeply about the meaning of liberal arts education, particularly its global manifestations, as well as from the perspective of social justice. Dr. Golden has demonstrated his willingness to think outside the box on critical issues, as he was one of the leading advocates as Hartwick established its distinctive Three Year Baccalaureate Degree Program in 2009."

Golden co-chaired Hartwick College's successful reaccreditation decennial review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). He has served as an MSCHE evaluator for the past 10 or so years, visiting other colleges and universities with a team of peers to determine compliance with accreditation standards.

His focus as a scholar has been at the macro structural level, predominantly focusing on the impact of racial inequality in American society on such social problems as violent crime, differentials in healthcare, and even the distribution of the arts. His current research interest is on the social history of the Catskill Mountains as the region made the transition from mercantilism to capitalism. He also directs a biennial January Term program to Ireland.

In addition to Golden, seminar presenters will be other individuals who are prominent in the field of liberal education, including senior faculty members from national liberal arts colleges. Ten individual one-hour sessions will be dedicated to the discussion of specific readings on various topics related to the concept of liberal education.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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