The University Seminar Collaborative
In the widely circulated CLA 2015 report it is proposed that the college needs to re-imagine itself in the context of a university of the 21st century. If it has been controversial – and given that it proposes to shrink the college by 50% how could it not be? – this is as much because of its specific proposals as because of the troubling fact that it contains very little explicit reflection on what a 21st century university might be. The purpose of this research collaborative is to generate and sustain the conditions for such reflection. The goal is not to engage directly CLA 2015, but to organize a seminar that will bring together “stakeholders” from across the university, within the legislature, and around the globe, to reflect mindfully on the past, present and future of the university.
Conveners: John Mowitt (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature) and JB Shank (History)