This 2009 TED talk by the then-President of Bennington College Elizabeth Coleman (who stepped down in 2013 after 25 years at the helm) is both inspiring and thought-provoking. I particularly liked her contrast between the expert and the educated generalist. She briefly describes the Bennington model as follows.
“The idea is to make the political-social challenges themselves – from health and education to the uses of force – the organizers of the curriculum… The point is not to treat these topics as topics of study, but as frameworks of action. The challenge: to figure out what it will take to actually do something that makes a significant and sustainable difference.”