In Praise of the Ivory Tower: A Defence of Free Inquiry in Our Universities

  • John Krige, History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology; Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Green College
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Tuesday, September 12, 5-6:30 pm, reception to follow
    in the series
    Green College First Lecture of 2017-18
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  • Universities are sometimes disparagingly referred to as ivory towers, cut off from the practicalities of everyday life. This image is increasingly unrealistic: universities are being sucked into an everyday “neo-liberal” world that is hostile to the values of a liberal education that they are supposed to promote. This trend, argues John Krige, must be reversed, beginning with students and teachers critically defending a space accessible to all where critical inquiry and academic freedom are vigorously protected. John Krige’s latest book, completed while he was Liu Institute Visiting Fellow at Green College in 2014-15, is Sharing Knowledge, Shaping Europe: US Technological Collaboration and Non-Proliferation (MIT Press, 2016).
     
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  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

 

September 12th, 2017 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Coach House
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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