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Live Blogging from De Lange Conference: "The Future of the Research University in a Global Age" (Feb 27, 2012)

HASTAC's own Cathy Davidson will be presenting on February 27, 2012, at the De Lange Conference at Rice University on February 27. The conference is sponsored by Scientia, an interdisciplinary group at Rice designed to promote collaboration and dialogue between the humanities and the sciences. The topic this year, "The Future of the Research University in a Global Age," promises to be engaging. I pasted a description below, but you can check it out at

Looks exciting! More to come....


The Future of the Research University in a Global Age

February 27-28, 2012

The De Lange Conference VIII promises to be a forward-looking forum for university leaders, visionaries, and researchers to contemplate the rapidly evolving ecosystem of research universities in response to powerful global forces and disruptive technologies. What forms will the global research universities of the future take? How will the new, global research enterprises at the heart of the university be organized and funded? Which strategies will enhance the competitiveness of research universities seeking to attract outstanding students, faculty, and resources in an increasingly global higher education marketplace? What will the impact of these changes be on our educational mission and values? At this conference, we will hear from leaders who contemplate both changes in the near-term and the longer-term processes that will likely result in profound transformations in the decades to come.

Conference Open to the Public


Speakers include:

Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California
Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge

"New Models of Learning, New Modes of Engagement - CultivatingResilient Learners, Designers and Researchers for the 21st Century"


Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland College Park
and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon U. S. Life Sciences
Chairman and President, CosmosID, Inc.

"The Research University in the Global Arena"

Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University
Co-Founder, HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Advanced Collaboratory)

"The Future of Learning"

President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

"Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World"

President of the University of Pennsylvania 
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Communications, and Philosophy

"How Universities Can Make the Most Difference, Locally and Globally"


Emeritus Trustee, Rice University, Stanford University
Founding Partner, Technology Venture Investors and Institutional Venture Associates

"Global Problems and Multidisciplinary Initiatives: Observations from Stanford University"

President, Association of American Universities
President Emeritus, Cornell University

"The Biggest Problem Confronting Universities is Not What You Think It Is"

President, National Academy of Engineering
President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Openness, Brain Integration, and the Meta University"

Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Chair, the Learning Alliance for Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania

"Trapped in an Ecclesiastes Moment: Why universities find it so  hard to do things differently"



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