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Designing The Future(s) of the University: The Speakers Series

As a central component to this process, we will engage a diverse set of experts from inside higher education to deepen the conversation through public talks followed by small group engagement with our community.

We believe these experts can inspire our community by addressing key questions:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing liberal education and the research university in our contemporary era, in the United States and around the world? 
  • What do we most want to preserve as we reinvent and renew our institutions? 
  • What are the most important and exciting ways that we must evolve in order to meet the challenges of the future?

This design initiative will build upon Georgetown's significant history of innovation in teaching and learning and draw together many efforts and voices to help determine how institutions of higher learning can meet the challenges and maximize the opportunities of this unique moment.

The first speaker in this series was Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, who spoke about the future of higher education during an event on November 20, 2013. If you missed the event, watch this video of DeGioia's remarks .Other speakers have included former MIT President Susan Hockfield,  former Columbia University Provost Jonathan R. Cole and founding dean of the Minerva Project Stephen Kosslyn.

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