Global Liberal Arts

Dr. Penprase is actively studying how the liberal arts and sciences are being re-invisioned in the Asian context – both in Singapore at Yale-NUS College and in India. During January 2014, he co-organized the “Future of Liberal Arts and Sciences in India” conference in January 2014. For more information about the event, please visit the conference website here. A sequel to this meeting in March of 2015 brought together leaders from across India and North America to the campuses of Ashoka University, O.P. Jindal Global University, and to the University of Chicago center in New Delhi. The web site for that conference is A third “Future of Liberal Arts and Sciences in India is being hosted at Symbiosis University in Pune, India, and the web site for that meeting is at . Our Fourth Future of Liberal Arts and Sciences in India conference is tentatively planned to be hosted by Ashoka University in 2017.

He is currently a Professor of Science (Physics and Astrophysics) at Yale-NUS College, Singapore, and the founding Director of the Yale-NUS College Centre for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Penprase co-authored the Yale-NUS College curriculum report, which outlined the basis for the Yale-NUS College common curriculum as a member of the inaugural curriculum committee at Yale-NUS College in 2012-2013.

Dr. Penprase is working to develop global liberal arts conferences, and to develop an agenda that will better link Pomona, Yale-NUS and Yale University with new initiatives in teaching and learning and in research. You can see a new web site that includes a map of global liberal arts initiatives at One of the first steps in this effort is a Symposium and Workshop on Innovative Liberal Arts at Yale University on June 6-9, 2016. This meeting is entitled “Globalizing the Liberal Arts” and has a web site at  During the 2016-17 academic year, an Asian meeting on liberal arts and sciences and teaching and learning will be developed for Yale-NUS College for March of 2017.

Some of his other work includes two essays – one on India and its higher education system, and another on the founding of Yale-NUS College.  During the Shanghai Harvard Center meeting entitled a “Global Dialog on Liberal Arts and Science Education” on May 20-21, 2015, I presented a talk on Indian liberal arts and sciences, and the STEM education at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. This talk has been converted into a written piece entitled “New Liberal Arts and Science Institutions in India and Singapore – the role of STEM Education” which will be published in The Liberal Arts and Science Education Dialogue across Continents: Experiences and Perspectives from the USA, Europe, and Asia, Palgrave Macmillan. Here is the link to that paper: