THE IDEAS@POMONA SUMMIT, Pomona’s premier lifelong learning event, brought together more than 200 Sagehen alumni, families, students and friends from around the globe for an energetic day-and-a-half conference under the theme Liberal Arts NOW and NEXT. Dedicated to meaningful connection and active dialogue around timely, newsworthy and captivating ideas, the inaugural event took place October 25-26, 2019, at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
What does cutting-edge research tell us about who we are and where we are going? How are liberal arts values such as critical thinking and creative learning being brought to bear on today’s unique challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities? The sold-out event featured sessions led by alumni, parents, faculty and friends of the College including featured speaker Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Laszlo Bock ’93, Liz Fosslien ’09, professors Kevin Dettmar, Nicholas Ball, Nicole Holliday and more.
Attendees left invigorated, with an increased enthusiasm for the liberal arts and a strong sense of a visit back to class on campus.
Planning is underway for the next Summit in 2021. Watch for details at Ideas@Pomona Summit
Ari Shapiro of NPR’s “All Things Considered’ gives the keynote address at the Ideas@Pomona Summit in San Francisco.
Ari Shapiro speaks to a sold-out crowd on Saturday morning.
Fabian Fernandez-Han ’20 and Peter Han P’20 lead an interactive workshop showcasing the creative power Human-Centered Design.
Professor Nicholas Ball on “The Challenges of a Petroleum-Free Society.”
“Creating a Healthcare System that Works for Everyone” panelists (Brian Prestwich P’20) take audience questions.
Alumni Association Board member Alfredo Romero ’91 and Cecil Sagehen.
Professor Alexandra Papoutsaki and Laszlo Bock ’93 discuss “Liberal Arts and the Future of Work.”