OLI Director Norman Bier will be attending the Jack Miller Center’s annual National Summit on Higher Education in Chicago, October 30 – November 1, 2014.

Mr. Bier will provide remarks over lunch discussing the potential for learning science, technology and data to improve student learning outcomes in higher education.

The Jack Miller Center describes the summit:

The Jack Miller Center is a non-partisan operating non-profit supporting the study of those ideas and events that have contributed to a deeper understanding of American civic, cultural and constitutional life. It is an independent and non-sectarian organization fostering and reinvigorating fields of scholarship that support that central mission. Having worked with over 750 scholars and supported partner projects on more than 50 campuses, we look forward each year to a conversation which we hope will widen and refine our project; enriching the teaching and study of American History, Politics, Law and Literature at American Universities and Colleges.

The purpose of our meeting in October is to bring together distinguished scholars who are developing academic centers and programs—such as the Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions, the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia, the Program in Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and the American Democracy Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as our new Benjamin Franklin Projects at MIT and IIT—that advance the teaching and study of America’s founding principles, its history, and the deep contexts of Western ideas and institutions which informed them. Scholars who are in the process of developing new partner initiatives will have the opportunity to benefit from the insights of others who have successfully established programs at some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. Panels chaired by our established academic partners will address many of the key issues involved in the successful creation and development of a new forum, program or center. We will also highlight our fellowship support and other projects with major private research libraries such as the Huntington and Newberry Libraries.