35th Annual LAND Conference
Theme: At the Precipice

The next LAND Conference will be held February 5-7, 2020 at the The Kensington Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

We purposely keep the conference theme broad to invite a range of interpretation across Liberal Arts disciplines. We were motivated to select this year’s theme from suggestions like taking risks, leaving the safe zone, navigating, embracing change, the diaspora, pivots, compromises, possibilities, momentum, ingenuity, resistance, adaptation, and confluence. All of these, especially when considered in the context of current cultural forces and the social-political climate, can fit within the theme AT THE PRECIPICE. What does it mean to YOU in your work with the Liberal Arts? Tell us with your Lightning Talk proposal!

2019 LAND Conference Program

The 2019 LAND Conference included over twenty Lightning Talks, the LAND Institutional Excellence Award, Creative Expressions Night, Creative Writing Workshops, a presentation by Elisabeth Thoburn, a Writing Discourse in the Liberal Arts Panel, Student Scholars Lightning Talks, Student Scholars Poster Session, Student Awards Presentations, an amazing Student Art Exhibit, great food and great opportunities to meet colleagues! We will update this website with the 2020 conference information as it becomes available.

Lightning Talks

  • are inspirational
  • can be focused on a best practice
  • may also amuse and delight
  • report on research
  • highlight something in the presenter’s classroom or campus
  • can be on something worthwhile in the Liberal Arts

Lightning Talks are ten-minute presentations related to the Liberal Arts and the conference theme. Proposals for Lightning Talks are accepted from full-time and part-time faculty, administrators, and staff.

Deadline: Midnight, Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Click here for the proposal form Word doc.

Registration for the conference will open in the fall. All attendees – including presenters – must register for the conference.

Creative Expressions

Hosted by Clark Iverson (The Man with the Top Hat), Creative Expressions is held the Thursday evening of the conference at the hotel. 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