Lynn Pasquerella

President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Speech Topic

Liberal Education and Everything Everywhere All at Once

This session uses the 2023 Academy Award nominated film Everything Everywhere All at Once as a jumping off point for exploring liberal education’s foundational role in helping students find the meaning and purpose central to a life transformative education, while detailing the ways in which the American Association of Colleges and Universities is facilitating this type of learning experience for every student across all institutions.

Lynn Pasquerella Bio
Lynn Pasquerella was appointed president of the American Association of Colleges and Universities in 2016, after serving as the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. She held positions as Provost at the University of Hartford and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island. A philosopher whose work has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, Pasquerella has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. Her most recent book, What We Value: Public Health, Social Justice, and Educating for Democracy, examines the role of higher education in addressing some of the most pressing contemporary issues at the intersection of ethics, law, and public policy. Pasquerella is immediate past president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the host of Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute.