Student engagement in a global context

Here you can find the preliminary programme of the 2018 edition of the UvA Education Day. The complete programme will be announced before 1 May.


Reception with lunch in the Compagnietheater


Start of programme in Grote Zaal


Opening by Rector Magnificus Karen Maex


Keynote speech by Prof. L. Song Richardson, University of California, Irvine School of Law

  • Short interview with Prof. Song Richarson by the Day's chair, Tracy Metz
  • Keynote lecture

Parallel sessions on The international classroom (more information to follow)


Coffee break in the Compagnietheater


Keynote speech by Prof. Maarten Vansteenkiste, Ghent University

  • Short interview with Prof. Maarten Vansteenkiste by chair Tracy Metz
  • Keynote lecture

Plenary session on Student engagement in Grote Zaal

16:10-16:45 Closing plenary session
16:45-17:00 Presentation of Lecturer of the Year Award
17:00-18:00 Drinks reception in the Compagnietheater



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L. Song Richardson

L. Song Richardson, keynote speaker

Distinguished legal scholar and teacher L. Song Richardson is dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, effective Jan. 1, 2018, becoming the only woman of colour to serve in this role among U.S. News & World Report’s top 30 law schools. She earned a J.D. at Yale Law School and an A.B. in psychology at Harvard University. With a joint appointment in criminology, law & society, Richardson teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and law and social science. She serves on the faculty advisory committee of the Center on Law, Equality and Race and is also a faculty affiliate in the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

Maarten Vansteenkiste

Maarten Vansteenkiste, keynote speaker

Maarten Vansteenkiste is a professor at Ghent University in the department of developmental, personality and social psychology.  He specialises in motivational psychology, the branch of psychology that is concerned with the question ‘Why do people do what they do?’. He researches the impact of the quality of motivation on psychosocial functioning and the role of socialisation figures in the nurturing of optimal motivation. He has already published numerous contributions about this theme in numerous areas of life, such as education, employment and unemployment, psychotherapy, sport and upbringing (see and Together with Bart Soenens, he wrote the textbook Vitamines voor groei: Ontwikkeling voeden vanuit de Zelf-Determinatie Theorie (Vitamins for growth: Nurturing development based on the Self-Determination Theory).

Tracy Metz

Tracy Metz, moderator

Tracy Metz is a journalist, author and presenter. She is originally from California and came to Europe after college, where she became a journalist. She writes critically, independently, with authority but also with a sense of humor about architecture, urbanism, nature and landscape – in brief, about our relationship to our built and natural environment.

In 2012 she started ‘Stadsleven’ (City Life), an engaging monthly live talkshow and digital magazine about living in cities. Since 2013 she is the director of the John Adams Institute, the center for American culture in the Netherlands.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

20 April 2018