For students, an important part of a liberal arts education is learning to integrate material from different disciplines, and a unique advantage to teaching at a liberal arts college is the interaction I get to have with colleagues from different disciplines. These aspects have been particularly evident to me in the last couple of years.
My colleauges (from the History and Political Science Department) and I have been working together on research projects that investigate fear and terror. We have been using these projects to (a) take an interdisciplinary approach to a complex topic and (b) facilitate faculty-student collaboration. As the cullminating event in this collaboration, we put together a conference that focuses on 'Challenges of the 21st Century'.
Be sure to check our website for more details, including submission and registration information. Also, join us for our keynote address by Sheldon Solomon.