Empathy, Entrepreneurship
and the Liberal Arts
Olaf Kuhlke
Associate Dean
College of Liberal Arts
Who am I and Why am I here?
 I am a geographer who studies mobility.
 I do research on how people express
attachment/det...
Who am I and Why am I here?
 I am speaking today as an advocate of the Liberal
Arts
 I will not debate the origins, natu...
Who am I and Why am I here?
 I will defend the liberal arts, and show you that
they are giving students perhaps the most
...
Who am I and Why am I here?
 I will argue for a New Liberal Arts that combines
traditional liberal arts skills with entre...
So what’s going on out
there?
The Liberal Arts are
under attack!!
The Liberal Arts are
fighting back….
“This is an intensely practical utilitarian age, and men virtually worship
the “money-god,” and will not cease until they ...
How do we keep the
Liberal Arts relevant?
Suggestion 1 –
By addressing the need for
entrepreneurship training in the
emerging cultural and creative
economies
Suggestion 2 –
By advocating that Empathy,
Empathic Action are liberal
art skills that are key
employment skills
A Whole New Mind
“Not just logic, but also Empathy.
The capacity for logical thinking is
one of the things that makes us
h...
Multiple Intelligences
…whether I am (or you are) writing,
researching, or managing, it is
important to avoid stereotyping...
Suggestion 3 –
By creating programs/majors that
combine empathic liberal arts skills with
entrepreneurship
BA in Cultural ...
What is Cultural
Entrepreneurship?
Cultural Entrepreneurs are cultural change
agents and resourceful visionaries who
organ...
What is Cultural
Entrepreneurship?
Cultural entrepreneurs…solve problems by
disrupting belief systems—using television
sho...
Where are Cultural Entrepreneurship
Programs currently offered?
• UK
– Goldsmiths College, University of London (M.A.)
• G...
What will the program look like?
• B.A. degree in CLA
• Classes in
– Entrepreneurship
– Foreign Languages
– New Liberal Ar...
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This is a presentation I gave on March 6, 2013 at the opening plenary of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Day of Empathy. The presentation explores the intellectual roots of the new BA program in Cultural Entrepreneurship in the College of Liberal Arts at UMD. A video recording of the presentation is available at http://okuhlke.tumblr.com/

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  • Empathy, Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts

    1. 1. Empathy, Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts Olaf Kuhlke Associate Dean College of Liberal Arts
    2. 2. Who am I and Why am I here?  I am a geographer who studies mobility.  I do research on how people express attachment/detachment to/from place by way of moving (i.e. walking, rituals, migration etc.)  In my role as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, I passionately advocate for the value and practicality of a liberal arts education
    3. 3. Who am I and Why am I here?  I am speaking today as an advocate of the Liberal Arts  I will not debate the origins, nature, evolution, and various ethical aspects of empathy.  I will not provide practical guides for becoming more empathic, and show you why that’s necessary  I will not address the cultivation of empathy through art, literature and other visual media
    4. 4. Who am I and Why am I here?  I will defend the liberal arts, and show you that they are giving students perhaps the most valuable job skills in today’s world.  I will argue for a new liberal arts that goes beyond the scope of the traditional trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric) and quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music), the conveyance of “critical thinking skills”, and the examination of diversity and sustainability.
    5. 5. Who am I and Why am I here?  I will argue for a New Liberal Arts that combines traditional liberal arts skills with entrepreneurial and technology training  I will argue that empathy is a key skills in the training of 21st Century Liberal Arts graduates  I will show you our response to these needs at UMD – a B.A. program in Cultural Entrepreneurship that combines empathic action with entrepreneurial skills.
    6. 6. So what’s going on out there?
    7. 7. The Liberal Arts are under attack!!
    8. 8. The Liberal Arts are fighting back….
    9. 9. “This is an intensely practical utilitarian age, and men virtually worship the “money-god,” and will not cease until they are convinced that there are nobler and purer shrines at which to worship. . . . While we recognize in the bustling activity around us the necessity for practical education, we do not pander to that depraved, money-born cry, ‘Nothing but the practical!’ That education which, ignoring culture, burdens the student’s mind with tables and technical terms, simply because these may be of use to him in his business or profession, is not practical but injurious in the extreme. The education founded upon comparison of what is best in Science and Literature, giving development to mind and heart, building strong by building deep and broad, is truly practical. The student who has learned to think, not merely to memorize, who has secured permanent culture and wisdom, who has absorbed and assimilated, but has not been stuffed and gorged, is the one who will be felt, wherever he may be.” (Hendrix College,1890-91, pp. 10-11).
    10. 10. How do we keep the Liberal Arts relevant?
    11. 11. Suggestion 1 – By addressing the need for entrepreneurship training in the emerging cultural and creative economies
    12. 12. Suggestion 2 – By advocating that Empathy, Empathic Action are liberal art skills that are key employment skills
    13. 13. A Whole New Mind “Not just logic, but also Empathy. The capacity for logical thinking is one of the things that makes us human. But in a world of ubiquitous information and advanced analytical tools, logic alone won’t do. What will distinguish those who thrive will be their ability to understand what makes their fellow woman or man tick, to forge relationships, and to care for others” (Pink 2005, 66).
    14. 14. Multiple Intelligences …whether I am (or you are) writing, researching, or managing, it is important to avoid stereotyping or caricaturing. I must try to understand other persons on their own terms, make an imaginative leap when necessary, seek to convey my trust in them, and try so far as possible to make common cause with them and to be worthy of their trust. This stance does not mean that I ignore my own beliefs, nor that I necessarily accept or pardon all that I encounter. (Gardner 2009, 7)
    15. 15. Suggestion 3 – By creating programs/majors that combine empathic liberal arts skills with entrepreneurship BA in Cultural Entrepreneurship
    16. 16. What is Cultural Entrepreneurship? Cultural Entrepreneurs are cultural change agents and resourceful visionaries who organize cultural, financial, social and human capital, to generate revenue from a cultural activity. Their innovative solutions result in  economically sustainable cultural enterprises that enhance livelihoods and create cultural value and wealth for both creative producers and consumers of cultural services and products.
    17. 17. What is Cultural Entrepreneurship? Cultural entrepreneurs…solve problems by disrupting belief systems—using television shows like Glee to initiate viewers into the  disability or GLBTQ rights frameworks or the Twitter campaign #mensaythingstome, designed to expose anonymous misogyny online.
    18. 18. Where are Cultural Entrepreneurship Programs currently offered? • UK – Goldsmiths College, University of London (M.A.) • GERMANY (B.A.) – Uni Passau (with Universidad del Salvador, ARG) (dual degree, 2+2 program) – Uni Duiburg-Essen – Uni Mannheim – Uni Giessen – Uni Kassel • NETHERLANDS (B.A.) – Erasmus University • USA (minors only) – Wake Forrest University – Queens College – St. Olaf (courses only, no degree program)
    19. 19. What will the program look like? • B.A. degree in CLA • Classes in – Entrepreneurship – Foreign Languages – New Liberal Arts Core • Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship – Programming – Mentorship

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