36th Annual LAND Conference
Theme: Successful Failures
February 2021
Dearborn, 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 simply looking at what’s going on in the world around us, our own experiences with persistence, witnessing the efforts of our students as they pursue their dreams against so many odds. All of this, especially when considered in the context of current cultural forces and the social-political climate, can fit within the theme SUCCESSFUL FAILURES. Find out what it meant to our presenters in their work with the Liberal Arts!

2020 LAND Conference Program

The 2020 LAND Conference included eighteen Lightning Talks, the LAND Institutional Excellence Award, Creative Expressions Night, Creative Writing Workshops, a panel on Inclusiveness and a panel on “Transforming Teaching With(out) Toxic Trendiness,” Student Scholars Lightning Talks, Student Scholars Poster Session, Student Awards Presentations, an amazing Student Art Exhibit, great food and great opportunities to meet colleagues!

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.

Proposals submissions for the 36th annual conference will open Fall 2020.

Registration will open in the fall of 2020. 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