Medieval Universities: Privileged, Distinctive and Embedded
Monday, 20 July 2015 from 17:00 to 18:30 (BST)
Join us for the first of four special lectures this July which explore major themes in international higher education. These lectures are free to attend and open to all.
'Medieval Universities: Privileged, Distinctive and Embedded'
Presented by Professor Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History and Head of the School of History, Queen Mary University of London.
This lecture will introduce medieval universities from their beginnings in England, France and Italy and on to the Renaissance when Europe has produced some seventy such institutions of higher education. The lecture will also address – and the discussion to follow, enhance – questions of still current interest:
- How is learning to be turned into a job and career?
- How are poor students to be supported?
- How are youthful students best transformed into serious scholars?
- Who should support higher education?
- What is the appropriate balance between abstract learning - interesting and even virtuous per se - and study oriented towards jobs in church and state?
- What are the criteria for academic freedom?
- What is the pedagogic value of memory and memorizing
- How does university experience set up networks ‘for life’
- Are universities necessarily the antithesis to ‘life-long-learning’
- Can universities combine ‘apprenticeship’ with ex cathedra teaching?
- Can any European model ever be without considerable regional variation? The lecture will introduce medieval sources in translation as well as images for illustration, and in facilitation of the discussion to follow.
When & Where
Centre for Academic and Professional Development, Queen Mary University of London
Queen Mary University of London is a member of the Russell Group and recognised as one of the world’s top 100 universities. We are one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 17,840 students and 4,000 staff, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges.
The Centre for Academic and Professional Development provides excellent development opportunities across all areas of the University’s work, to staff and research students at QMUL and to other clients.