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The Future of Higher Education: Gender, Geography, and the Humanities

Critical views of higher education seem to agree on the need to, at the very least, enable people, especially the young, to use their minds to capacity, and at best, prepare citizens to participate in a democracy. It is also generally agreed that education, and to some the education of women, is needed to end cycles of poverty while spurring economic growth. Some have argued beyond development and growth justifications for the universal right to an education for all.

As we assess current conditions and projected changes in higher education with educators, administrators, and activists, how can we address common goals of educating towards global competency, leadership abilities, and critical thinking? Will these goals be achieved through a “human development model” involving humanistic content and Socratic pedagogy as proposed by Martha C. Nussbaum? Will it involve service-learning, interactive rather than a broadcast teaching model, or developments of Centers and Institutes? And how will emerging technology and methods help maximize higher education’s impact on the well-being of our world?

Speakers and Events

January 26, 2011
Cary Nelson
President of the American Association of University Professors and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, English Department, University of Illinois

The Future of Public Higher Education
Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

February 3, 2011
Geoffrey Harpham
President and Director, National Humanities Center

How America Invented the Humanities
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

February 10, 2011
Dr. Jing Lin
Professor of International Education Policy, University of Maryland, College Park

United as One Human Race: Education for Global Peace and Environmental Survival in the 21st Century
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

February 17, 2011
Nelly Stromquist
Professor of International Education Policy, University of Maryland, College Park

Gender and Higher Education in Times of Globalization
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

February 22, 2011
"A Small Act"
Jennifer Arnold, Director

Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

March 1, 2011
"Walk Right In"
Larry Paros, Director

Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

March 10, 2011
Panel Discussion

Hands-on Learning: Music, Digital Humanities, and Community Engagement
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

March 23, 2011
Shahrzad Mojab
Professor, Adult Education and Community Development Program, Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

War, Women's NGOs, and Education: The Perils of 'Democracy Training'
Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

March 24, 2011
Single-sex Education: A History of the Future

Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College

March 29, 2011
"Race to Nowhere"
Vicki Abeles, Producer and Co-Director

Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

March 29, 2011
Panel Discussion

Race to Nowhere
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

April 14, 2011
Stephen Larsen
Dean and Executive Director, US Pathway Programs, China and Asia Pacific Region

Internationalizing Higher Education: Emerging Models and Challenges
Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College

April 26, 2011
Jonathan Kozol
Author/Educator/Activist

The Shame of the Nation: Race, Poverty, and the Struggle for Our Public Schools
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

April 27, 2011
"The Future of Higher Education: Three Presidential Perspectives"
Lori Bettison-Varga, David Oxtoby, Laura Skandera Trombley
(1) President of Scripps College, (2) President of Pomona College, (3) President of Pitzer College

Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College