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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

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

30th May 2018, 20:00 to 21:00, Senate Suite, University College, Durham University , Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice Chancellor (Durham University)


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 lecture will be held in Senate Suite at University College (Durham Castle). Access will available from 7.30pm For further information contact the IAS (


Professor Stuart Corbridge is Vice Chancellor of Durham University.

Professor Corbridge joined Durham University in 2015 from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he served as Deputy Director and Provost.

He graduated with a BA Honours degree (1st class) in Geography from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, in 1978. He continued at Cambridge for his PhD, which was focused on the politics of ethnoregionalism in Jharkhand, India and has carried out field-based academic work in eastern India ever since.

In 1988, Professor Corbridge was appointed to a Lectureship in South Asian Geography at Cambridge University. He was also elected to a Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College. He remained at Cambridge for the next eleven years before taking up a post of Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami, USA and later a Chair in Geography at the London School of Economics. In 2006, Professor Corbridge moved from the Department of Geography at LSE to the (soon to become) Department of International Development, of which he was Head from 2007-2010. In 2013, Professor Corbridge was appointed as the first Deputy Director and Provost of LSE.

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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 have included 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.

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