Earlham College's Gregory Mahler Highlights the Liberal Arts in Al Akhawayn Address


Ifrane, March 10, 2011 - "The liberal arts uniquely empowers people to be socially aware, globally engaged thinkers and leaders," said Gregory S. Mahler, Academic Dean and Vice-President for Academic Affairs of Earlham College in an presentation at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane on March 9.

Mahler's visit to Al Akhawayn occurred in the context of a continuing and deepening University-wide celebration of the meaning and value of the liberal arts as an approach to higher education in the global age. Earlier in the year, Al Akhawayn hosted the high-level meeting of presidents of members of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, including the president of Earlham College.


In addition to his leadership in higher education, Mahler has become one of the most respected voices on the political climate of the Middle East. He has served as a visiting professor at both Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has done extensive international speaking for the U.S. Department of State, and has received a Malone Fellowship for Arab and Islamic Studies. He has conducted a week-long seminar on civic education in Jerusalem and Ramallah for the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, and in 2007, he led a democratization workshop in the West Bank.

Gregory Mahler received his B.A from Oberlin College, and his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University. Prior to joining Earlham, Mahler was provost at Kalamazoo College and from 1990 to 1997, he was professor and chair of political science at the University of Mississippi. He has authored and edited more than two dozen volumes, and his most recent work is Politics and Government in Israel (2004).