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Durham Castle / Future of the University Lecture - Prof. Stuart Corbridge

30th May 2018, 20:00, Senate Room, Durham Castle, University College

*The Future of the University Series

'The Uses and Misuses of Universities'

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.


Professor Stuart Corbridge is Vice-Chancellor of Durham University.

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

Stuart 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, 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, Corbridge was appointed as the first Deputy Director and Provost of LSE.

Doors open from 7.30pm.
Lectures begin at 8pm, with questions for the speaker at 9pm.

This lecture is free and open to all. You do not need a ticket or reservation. Seats are first come, first served.

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