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Your Questions are Our Questions: Redesigning the Civic University

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Room 2D1, Priory Road Complex

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Bristol

BS8 1TU

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A public lecture by Professor Robert Gibbs, University of Toronto.

The research university is called on in our time to engage society in new ways. The students, especially the undergraduates, offer one of our great opportunities, if we can organize and expand higher education so that every student at a research university was learning the logic of inquiry. We can aspire to educate all students to seek new insights and knowledge: questions to which no one now knows the answers.

Can we also re-imagine the relation of the research university to the city, so that we share the task of research across a permeable boundary? Imagine undergraduate students engaging with many kinds of partners in society--from activist NGOs, to cultural institutions, to religious communities, IT innovators, insurance companies and banks, city and transportation planners, and government agencies—working together to inquire to discover or invent knowledge which does not yet exist.

Such a university might well need to redesign not only its curriculum, but also its buildings. The new campus would be a place which welcomes members of the city not merely to come and learn from the university, but to bring questions that are alive in society, to share in the work of research.

Currently working on The Future of Research Universities: Ideas in Dialogue

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