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TBA: The 2nd LESC – and more ?!



the Student Committees of the Studium Individuale Lüneburg & Liberal Arts & Sciences Freiburg, welcomed more than 90 students from LAS programs all over europe:

denmark, germany, lithuania, the netherlands, norway, the uk, russia, …


Keynote | May 12th | Museum Lüneburg | 19h

Teun Dekker #Dean UC Maastricht: “Liberal Arts as Teachig Reflective Judgement: Economic, Democratic and Personal Implications”

Keynote | May 13th | Leuphana University HS4 | 18:30h

Nigel Tubbs #Dean University of Winchester: “GREEN METAPHYSICS: Sustainable liberal arts education”

Panel discussion | May 14th | Museum Lüneburg | 18h

Jürgen Kaube #FAZ | Markus Kressler #Kiron | Megha Harish #Kings College | Hans Adriaansens #ECOLAS | Moderation: Volker Balli #Leuphana Studium Individuale: “Liberal Education: The way forward for Higher Education in Europe?”



In the past decade many European universities have introduced new undergraduate programs based on Liberal Education. What does this different kind of education stand for and where can it be situated? The increasing complexity of problems today’s globalized societies are facing has resulted in new demands on higher education: interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, encouraging students to pursue individual interests and critically engage with multiple perspectives on urgent issues. Finding out where the European Liberal Arts & Sciences are headed is an important question which should be discussed and contemplated by students themselves. We will inevitably play the key role in assessing its true potential as well as its possible future transformations.

The Student Committees of the Studium Individuale at Leuphana University Lüneburg and the Liberal Arts & Sciences at University College Freiburg are happy to announce the 1st European Liberal Education Student Conference. This student-led conference will take place from Thursday, May 12th until Sunday, May 15th at Leuphana University Lüneburg in Northern Germany and seeks to provide a platform to:

  • discuss the various perspectives of students on European Liberal Education
  • publish transparently selected conference contributions in an edited volume or academic journal
  • bring together students of the Liberal Arts & Sciences as well as like-minded people from all over Europe in the metropolitan region of Hamburg
  • start the creation of a European Liberal Education student network

As an event from and for students, the conference aims at uniting the great variety of European Liberal Arts & Sciences under one common question:

What is Liberal Education – and what could it be?


The Student Committees of the

Studium Individuale Lüneburg & Liberal Arts & Sciences Freiburg

Carla Duvenhorst, Eike Ahlers, Irina Butteweg, Jakob Dirksen, Jona Feldwisch, Katja Pollmanns, Kyra Wider, Luise Henckel, Lukas Beckenbauer, Marlene Pick, Nathalie Kornet, Nicolas, Nils Bannert, Ricarda Hille, Sophia Rohwetter, Tom Schmidt, Wiebke Denkena

Supported by: the European Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS) at and the hosting universities