Organised by the University of Cambridge and Arizona State University
Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
Maintaining a first-class Higher Education system presents many problems: funding and management, ensuring the continuation of graduate studies, maintaining the integrity of scholarship and research in the face of distorting pressures and showing the wider public the value of academic work.
The distinguished panel will discuss these and other problems in a wide-ranging and informed discussion of threats that particularly affect the humanities, but may also undermine the universities as a whole.
About the Speakers:
Simon Blackburn (chair) is Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at the University ofCambridge. His many books include Think, Being Good, and The Big Questions of Philosophy.
Jonathan Cole is former Provost and Dean of Faculties of Columbia University and author of The Great American University: Its Rise To Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected.
Stefan Collini is Professor in English Literature at the University of Cambridge and the author of Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain; his new book, What Are Universities For? will be published in January 2012.
Michael Crow is President of Arizona State University and the architect of the New American University.
Robert Post is Dean of the Yale Law School and author of the forthcoming Democracy, Expertise, and Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State.
Martin Rees is former-President of the Royal Society and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2005. In 2010 he gave the BBC's Reith Lectures, now published as From Here to Infinity: Scientific Horizons.
Adam Roberts was elected President of the British Academy in 2009. He is Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, and an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford
The event is FREE to the public.
This event is the public event of a conference on Threats to the Universities, Humanities and Science. The main part of the conference is an invitation-only workshop at the University of Cambridge. The conference is sponsored by the British Academy; the Centre for Public Law at Cambridge University; the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona; and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; in association with Royal Society and the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University.