Are today's universities failing society?

Speakers' corner, Hyde Park

Event details

Horizons Seminar Series

Date & time

Friday 18 November 2016


Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra




James Giggacher

Public engagement and the moral purpose of modern universities

Universities have long existed as institutions that drive knowledge, information and ideas.

But today, when so much information is so readily available but the truth even more unattainable, when we supposedly live in a ‘post-fact’ society and there is a ‘war on experts’, have academics and their expertise become irrelevant?

Coupled with this is one stark challenge facing many campuses – too much of the important work that places of higher learning do remains out of reach, locked in age-old formats that are often elite and obscure.

Given this, do today’s academics have a responsibility to engage in public debate, and are we failing at that?

In this seminar, leading experts from inside and outside academia will explore one provocation: whether universities are failing society.

This panel promises a lively, no-holds barred debate about the purposes and place of modern universities in the 21st century.

This seminar forms part of the ANU Bell School’s Horizons 2016 seminar series, Digital vision: agency, power and the future of Asia-Pacific affairs.

The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided beforehand (12pm) and registration is essential.

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About Horizons Hosted each year by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, the Horizons seminar series aims to enhance research innovation by supporting and showcasing collaborative, interdisciplinary, innovative and accessible thinking and work in Asia-Pacific affairs.

The 2016 series, Digital vision: agency, power and the future of Asia-Pacific affairs, explores how and why academics need to take scholarly debate and knowledge to wider audiences.

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