University Worth Fighting For with Cathy N. Davidson

University Worth Fighting For with Cathy N. Davidson
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Monday, November 9, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, Franklin Humanities Institute
Room C104, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC

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Distinguished Visiting Professor Cathy N. Davidson, cofounder of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, will be returning to Duke to discuss “The University Worth Fighting For,” a year-long series of live-streamed workshops and student-led discussion groups designed to connect open, peer, and activist pedagogical practices to larger ecologies of institutional change and social justice. Who is calling for change in higher education?  Why?  Conversely, what principles motivate those who decry innovation? How can higher education’s  stakeholders—faculty, students, administrators, alumni, interested others—work towards a better version of higher education, one that deserves support as a public good.

The full schedule for this series can be found at  While many of the livestreamed workshops originate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Davidson is bringing this international collaborative project back to Duke through HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory,, an open, voluntary, nonprofit network dedicated to “Changing the Way We Teach and Learn.” With a network of over 13,000 members, HASTAC is the world’s first and oldest academic social network. 

Cathy Davidson is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Ruth F. DeVarney Professor Emerita and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke University.  At Duke, she also held the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professorship in Interdisciplinary Studies and served as Duke’s (and the nation’s) first Vice Provost of Interdisciplinary Studies from 1998-2006.  She worked with administrators, faculty, and students to design some seventy new cross-campus programs and technologies, including the Franklin Center and the Franklin Humanities Institute. 

She has published more than twenty books on the history of technology and culture, cognition, literary studies, and other subjects. She is Past President of the American Studies Association, cofounder of HASTAC, was appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities, and is the first educator on the Mozilla Board of Directors. She is the 2015 recipient of the Boyer Award presented by New American Colleges & University (Association of American Colleges and Universities) for “significant contributions to American higher education”.

Presented by HASTAC and the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University. 


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