36th Annual LAND Conference
Theme: Successful Failures
February 17-19, 2021
To Be Hosted Online via Zoom

Thank you ALL for a fantastic 2021 LAND Conference!

Stay tuned here and on Facebook for information about the 2022 Conference.

Remember: Student Contests are OPEN through the CALENDAR year, so keep supporting and encouraging participation in the Liberal Arts on your campus!

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!

2021 LAND Conference Program

2021 LAND Student Awards Program

The 2021 LAND Conference opens on Wednesday evening with a Social Hour and Student Film Presentation, then goes on Thursday and Friday to include a dozen Lightning Talks, the LAND Institutional Excellence Award, Creative Expressions Night, Creative Writing Workshop, a Student Support Townhall Discussion, a panel on “Teaching Liberal Arts Courses During the Pandemic” and a panel on “Higher Education Post Pandemic,” Student Scholars Lightning Talks, Student Scholars Poster Session, Student Awards Presentations, and the ever-amazing Student Art Exhibit! Even though we are Zooming for 2021, we expect to be just as enlightened, entertained, and engaged with this year’s conference.

Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals, Student Scholars, creative writing, artwork, films and institutional nominations for the 2021 Conference!
You have helped support the validity and viability of the Liberal Arts in Higher Education!

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.

Submissions will reopen in Fall 2021 for the 2022 Conference. You will be asked to include biographical information, a descriptoin of your presentation, and provide a photo (if you choose).

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