On 31 August and 2 September respectively, Geoffrey Boulton and Stefan Collini visited the UvA to talk about the future of universities and their role in society. You can find links to recordings of both speeches below.
During the UvA's Opening of the Academic Year on Monday 31 August, Geoffrey Boulton, emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, presented his vision on the university of the 21st century. Boulton's view is that the emphasis in education should lie on Bildung and that research universities should generate knowledge, but cannot be held responsible for economic innovation.
On Wednesday 2 September, Cambridge professor Stefan Collini was invited by ReThink UvA to kick off the series of Maagdenhuis lectures. Collini is the author of What are universities for? and argues against the idea that universities must demonstrate their economic value as a way of holding them accountable to society.