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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

POSTPONED: The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - The Uses and Misuses of Universities

28th February 2018, 20:00 to 21:00, Great Hall, University College, Professor Stuart Corbridge (Durham University)

This lecture is postponed and will not take place on 28 February. A resheduled date will be announeced shortly.

Just over 50 years ago, University President Clark Kerr reflected wisely and wryly on the future uses of major research universities like his own, Berkeley. This lecture revisits the major themes of Kerr’s book, The Uses of the University, and ponders the scope for various misuses of the university at a time of extraordinary government intervention in higher education around the world.

This lecture is free and open to all, and is on a first come, first served basis. The series will be held in the Great Hall at University College (Durham Castle). Doors will open at 7.45pm.For further information contact the IAS (enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk).


Directions to University College

Map - University College is denoted as building No. 23

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Future of the University Public Lecture series is a co-convened series by the Institute of Advanced Study and University College . In the face of this rapidly changing landscape, urging instant adaptive response, it is too easy to discount fundamental questions. What is the university now for? What is it, what can it be, what should it be? Are the visions of Humboldt and Newman still valid? If so, how?

During 2017/18 leading world figures on the university and political stages will deliver a public lecture in the Great Hall of the Castle. Speakers include Peter Horrocks CBE, Professor Peter Coveney, Lord David Willetts, and Professor N.Kate Hayles among others. Follow this link for the full list of speakers.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.