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The Post-Humboldtian University: Re-thinking the University's Role in Society in the Network Age

The Post-Humboldtian University: Re-thinking the University's Role in Society in the Network Age

Juan Carlos de Martin, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the NEXA Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino & Charles Nesson, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Tuesday, May 17, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor

Universities are at a historical crossroad, for both structural, long-term processes, as well as for more recent developments, mostly due to political decisions and technology. On the historical level, universities are still living in the long shadow of Humboldt. However, Humboldt's, early 19th century world is mostly gone. New reference models are clearly needed.

In the meantime, a clear trend to transform universities in State-controlled (at least in Europe) companies is under way, threathening to disrupt the academic world in profound ways. Finally, the Internet potentially affects every aspects of the University: how can we best develop the potential of an Internet-enabled University's without losing sight of the University ultimate goals in society?

About Juan Carlos de Martin

Juan Carlos is an Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Torino's Information Engineering School, where he leads, together with Prof. A.R. Meo, the Internet Media Group, he previously spent several years at Italy's National Research Council, two years as Visiting Scholar at the University of California, and two years in Dallas as Texas Instruments technical staff member and (2000) as adjunct professor at the University of Texas. Since 2005 he has been leading the Creative Commons Italy project, which he had co-founded in 2003, and in 2006 founded the NEXA Research Center for Internet and Society at the Politecnico di Torino. Since September 2007 Juan Carlos De Martin is the coordinator of COMMUNIA, the European Thematic Network on the digital public domain. He is also a IEEE member and author, or co-author, of over ninety international scientific publications.

About Charles Nesson

Charles Nesson is William F. Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Founder and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.


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Past Event
May 17, 2011
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM