November 2, 2013

Join us in person or livestream: 2013 AICAD Conference

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Image courtesy of MICA.

The Maryland Institute College of Art is pleased to host the 2013 AICAD Conference, themed “New Paradigms in Teaching and Learning.” College presidents, chief academic officers, and faculty from AICAD member schools will converge on Baltimore for a joint exploration of deep changes coming to higher education.

Join your AICAD colleagues in a wide-ranging discussion of what we are all committed to—teaching and learning in the arts during this unique juncture in history.

The conference will focus on the premise that the cultural, technological, and economic conditions affecting art and design education today argue for bold new approaches in the form and organizational framework of its delivery as well as its content. Online classes such as MOOCS, new research in brain science and learning, community-based / project-based learning, the skyrocketing costs of college, and much more are all combining to drive us toward re-thinking deeply about the institutions we operate.

The conference begins with three prominent plenary speakers:

Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University and author of Sparks of Genius will talk on  “Teaching Creativity: Tools for Thinking”

Mariale Hardiman, Professor and Assistant Dean, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University will present her research in “The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools”

Michelle Rhee-Weise, Senior Research Fellow, Clayton Christen sen Institute, will offer insights on “Bracing for Disruption in Higher Education”

In all, about 48 presentations –formal talks or seminars—are scheduled for the three day conference. For a full schedule of presentations, visit the conference website at

Registration for the conference is still open for anyone who can attend in person. Please register online at or contact Bob Merrill [email protected].

Live Streaming:
The conference will be streamed live over the Internet so that we may reach the widest possible audience. To watch the conference from your location, simply log on to and click the icon on the home page for the live stream. You will be asked to enter your email address in order to log on. A dialog box will appear below the video so that you can send comments and questions to the presenters and conference organizers.

For more information, please contact Robert Merrill, Professor of Humanistic Studies at MICA, at [email protected].

About MICA
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from all 50 states and 57 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs.

Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

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