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RIT to hold symposium on interaction between liberal arts, business

By NATE DOUGHERTY - 3/5/2013 3:29:26 PM

Rochester Institute of Technology plans a symposium to discuss the role of liberal arts in business.

The daylong conference is slated for March 15, officials said. The event will involve a blend of lectures and small-group discussions, and will draw upon research published by the Carnegie Foundation.

Though liberal arts and business are represented by different paths of study at many universities, there is much interaction between the two, said Jonathan Schroeder, William A. Kern Professor of Communications in RIT’s college of liberal arts.

“Nevertheless, many business schools are busy re-emphasizing traditional goals of liberal education,” Schroeder said. “In 2012, members of the Academy of Management met to discuss ways in which skills from the liberal arts can enhance the potential of business school graduates, expand their capacity to approach and understand problems, think critically and communicate with others.”

The event, “Kern Symposium on Liberal Arts and Business,” is free and open to the public. Registration is required and available at www.rit.edu/cla/kern/program.php.

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