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?