38th Annual LAND Conference
February 15-17, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton, Detroit/Dearborn
Theme: Awkward Pauses

Stay tuned for updates about the 2023 conference – we are still working out details on F2F, online, and hybrid offerings as we continue to monitor health and safety and budget concerns.

What do you mean Awkward Pauses? We purposely keep the conference theme broad to invite a range of interpretations across Liberal Arts disciplines. We were motivated to select each year’s theme by simply looking at what’s going on in the world around us, and our own experiences with our students as they pursue their dreams against so many odds and awkward pauses of all kinds. All of this, especially when considered in the context of current cultural forces and the social-political climate, can fit within the theme. Find out what it meant to our presenters in their work with the Liberal Arts!

Last year’s conference program includes the full line-up to give an idea of our content:

2022 LAND Conference Program

The LAND Conference opens on Wednesday evening with a Social Hour and Student Film Presentation, then goes on Thursday and Friday to include Lightning Talks, the LAND Institutional Excellence Award, Creative Expressions Night*, a Creative Writing Workshop, a Townhall Discussion with a noted authority, a panel on current issues in higher education and the liberal arts, Student Scholars Lightning Talks, Student Scholars Poster Sessions, Student Awards Presentations, and the ever-amazing Student Art Exhibit! Expect to be enlightened, entertained, and engaged with every LAND conference!

*Creative Expressions

Hosted by Clark Iverson (The Man with the Top Hat), Creative Expressions is held on the Thursday evening of the conference. This is an open mic for conference participants to share their own creative writing. Student winners of the creative writing categories who attend the conference are especially welcome to share their writing at this event.

“Nobody goes to LAND once. You will be back.”
Becky Roberts, LAND President