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An activist philosopher versus a political scientist, a neuroscientist challenging an anthropologist and a biomedical scientists taking on a sociologist: In the new series ‘Challenging Society Sessions’, UvA academics and international guests will discuss topical social issues.

Thursday, 12 October will see the kick-off of the  Challenging Society Sessions: discussion evenings with internationally renowned speakers. The first ‘challenge’ in this series is how to safeguard our privacy in the era of ‘big data’. UvA political scientist Marieke de Goede will be challenging philosopher Helen Nissenbaum (NYU/Cornell Tech) to throw her light on the issue.


The six evenings wil include debate, strong opinions, interaction with the audience, unexpected acts, a video clip and (in some cases) musical intermezzos. The lectures are free of charge.

Celebrating 385 years of the UvA

This year is the 385th anniversary of the UvA. We are celebrating the occasion with various activities for students, staff members and local Amsterdammers, under the motto ‘Inspiring Generations’. Previous activities include pop-up lectures on the ferry and at the airport, and the university will be opening its doors for a special festival during the U-Night in November.