Securing America’s Future: The Liberal Arts in Action

Liberal Arts in Action Symposium 9/17/2015 9/17/2015 9/17/20159/17/20159/17/20159/17/2015 The Phillips Collection Washington, DC

About the Symposium

​​​​​​​“The Liberal Arts in Action” symposium is limited to 180 participants and is by invitation only.

“The Liberal Arts in Action” symposium features speakers who are alumni of small, independent colleges that emphasize the liberal arts. The stories of these graduates’ lives illustrate vividly the important role that liberal arts education plays in advancing innovation, entrepreneurship, and success in our society across diverse fields of endeavor—and how it contributes to a meaningful and satisfying life for the individual. The symposium provides an important opportunity for their voices to be both heard and amplified.

About CIC’s National Public Information Campaign

The symposium is the capstone event of Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education, CIC’s public information campaign about the value of liberal arts education and of America’s small independent colleges.
The campaign has been a source of reliable information and research on several topics of current interest: the cost of college-going; student indebtedness; the preparation of STEM graduates; the diversity of higher education; and the future of liberal arts education.
The initiative has included print and digital materials, public speaking events, data and reports, and social media distribution via Twitter (@SmartColleges), YouTube (, and Facebook (, as well as a website for prospective college students and their families and counselors (​




  • William D. Adams
    William D. Adams
    National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Deanna Oppenheimer
    Deanna Oppenheimer
    CameoWorks, LLC
  • David Rose
    David Rose
    MIT Media Lab
  • Matthew Segal
    Matthew Segal
  • James B. Stewart
    James B. Stewart
    New York Times
  • Jeffery Boyd
    Jeffery Boyd
    Brothers Brook, LLC
  • Susan Collins
    Susan Collins
    United States Senate
  • James Cuno
    James Cuno
    J. Paul Getty Trust
  • Isaac Holeman
    Isaac Holeman
    Medic Mobile
  • Murray Horwitz
    Murray Horwitz
    Washington Performing Arts
  • Jason Kozemczak
    Jason Kozemczak
  • Gregory Moore
    Gregory Moore
    Denver Post
  • William Newsome
    William Newsome
    Stanford University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Stanford Neurosciences Institute


​Videos of each session are available by clicking the session titles below. You can view brief video interviews with each speaker on the campaign's YouTube channel.






Welcoming RemarksWelcoming Remarks1Richard Ekman; Murray Horwitz; Dorothy Kosinksi; S. Georgia Nugent<div><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges</div> <strong><em>S. Georgia Nugent</em></strong>, Campaign Chair and Senior Fellow, Council of Independent Colleges, and Interim President, The College of Wooster<br><strong><em>Dorothy Kosinksi</em></strong><span><em></em><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span>, Director, The Phillips Collection<br><br>Host: <strong><em>Murray Horwitz</em></strong>, NPR Commentator, Playwright, and Lyricist<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video.</a><br>
Opening Keynote AddressOpening Keynote Address2Susan Collins<div> <strong><em>Susan Collins</em></strong>, U.S. Senator (St. Lawrence University, Class of 1975, Government)<br><br></div><div>Moderator: <strong> </strong><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video.</a><br></div>
Inspiring Excellence in the Arts and MediaInspiring Excellence in the Arts and Media3James Cuno; Gregory Moore<div> <strong><em>James Cuno</em></strong>, President and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust (Willamette University, Class of 1973, History)</div><div> <strong><em>Gregory Moore</em></strong>, Editor, <em>Denver Post</em> (Ohio Wesleyan University, Class of 1976, Journalism and Political Science)</div><div>Moderator: <strong> <em>Claudio Sanchez</em></strong>, Education Correspondent, National Public Radio<br><br><span><span><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video.</a></span></span><br></div>
Forging New Frontiers in ScienceForging New Frontiers in Science4William Newsome<div><strong><em>William Newsome</em></strong>, Former Co-Chair, White House Initiative on Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, and Professor of Neuroscience, Stanford University (Stetson University, Class of 1974, Physics)<br><br></div> Moderator: <strong><em>MaryAnn Baenninger</em></strong>, President, Drew University<br><br><span><span><span><span><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video.</a></span></span></span></span><br>
Lunch at the Cosmos ClubLunch at the Cosmos Club5William D. Adams2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008<p>​Remarks: <strong><em>William D. Adams</em></strong><span><em></em><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></span>, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities</p>
Enhancing Society through Social EntrepreneurshipEnhancing Society through Social Entrepreneurship6Isaac Holeman; Matthew Segal<div> <strong><em>Matthew Segal</em></strong>, Co-Founder, Our Time, and Co-Founder and Executive Editor, ATTN: (Kenyon College, Class of 2008, Sociology)</div><div> <strong><em>Isaac Holeman</em></strong>, Co-Founder, Medic Mobile (Lewis & Clark College, Class of 2009, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)<br><br></div><div>Moderator: <strong> <em>Lee Pelton</em></strong>, President, Emerson College<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video.</a><br></div>
Building Global BusinessesBuilding Global Businesses7Jeffery Boyd; Deanna Oppenheimer<div> <strong><em>Jeffery Boyd</em></strong>, Chair, Board of Directors, The Priceline Group, Inc., and Founder and Managing Director, Brothers Brook, LLC (New England College and St. Lawrence University, Class of 1978, Government)</div><div> <strong><em>Deanna Oppenheimer</em></strong>, Founder, Cameoworks and former CEO, Barclays Bank, U.K. and Western Europe (University of Puget Sound, Class of 1980, Politics and Government and Urban Affairs)<br><br></div><div>Moderator: <strong> <em>Jamienne Studley</em></strong><span><span><em><span style="display:inline-block;"></span></em></span></span>, Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education and former President, Skidmore College<br><br><span><span><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video.</a></span></span><br></div>
Imagining and Inventing New TechnologiesImagining and Inventing New Technologies8Jason Kozemczak; David Rose<div><strong><em>Jason Kozemczak</em></strong>, Former Technical Lead, Twitter, and Software Engineer, Instacart (Greenville College, Class of 2007, Physics and Mathematics)</div><div><strong><em>David Rose</em></strong>, Entrepreneur and CEO, Ditto Lab, and Author of <em>Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things</em> (St. Olaf College, Class of 1989, Physics and Fine Arts)<br><br></div> Moderator: <strong><em>Elizabeth Segran</em></strong>, Reporter, <em>Fast Company</em><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video.</a><br>
Closing AddressClosing Address9James B. Stewart<div><strong><em>James B. Stewart</em></strong>, Columnist, <em>New York Times</em>, and Author (DePauw University, Class of 1973, French and Political Science)<br><br></div> Moderator: <strong><em>S. Georgia Nugent</em></strong><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video.</a><br>

Hotel and Travel


The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-2151

 Hotel Information

Lodging is available at the following nearby hotels:
2120 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Telephone: (202) 466-6800
2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 695-1427
2100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 293-2100
1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 483-6000


The closest airports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Reagan National airport is five miles from the venue and is metro-accessible. Dulles airport is 25 miles away, while BWI airport is about 30 miles away. Amtrak trains stop at Union Station, which is a 20-minute cab or Metro ride away. The red line to Dupont Circle is just two blocks from the venue. Transportation also is available through Super Shuttle from all three airports.