Public / Not Public: Making the Humanities Count

Jan 23, 2013
UC Irvine

Please join us for a panel discussion on The University We Are For.

In this era of dwindling public support, what and who do public universities stand for? What forms of knowledge are rightfully represented in the public academy? How and for what do we train our students? How and by whom are these choices to be made?

Join us as this distinguished panel of visionaries from science, engineering, economics, art and architecture and the humanities take on the hard questions, offering different – often clashing – perspectives on the university we should be for.

We will film this event to be added at a later date to the events section of UCHRI’s YouTube Channel.


John Seely Brown is the Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte’s Center for the Edge and a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at University of Southern California (USC). Prior to that he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)—a position he held for nearly two decades. While head of PARC, Brown expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as the management of radical innovation, organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, and nano technologies. He was a cofounder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). His personal research interests include digital youth culture, digital media and institutional innovation.

Cathy Davidson teaches at Duke University, where she co-directs the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge and holds two distinguished chairs (Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies). She served as Duke’s first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and helped to create the Program in Information Science + Information Studies and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is a cofounder of the global learning network HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory), and she was recently appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. Her more than twenty books include Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji, Revolution and the Word, and The Future of Thinking (with HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg). Her latest book, Now You See It:  How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century (Viking, 2011) was named a “top 10 science book” of the year by Publisher’s Weekly. In October 2012, she and David Theo Goldberg received Educators of the Year awards from the World Technology Network in recognition of their visionary contribution to science and technology in education through their work as co-founders of HASTAC.

Ann Pendleton-Jullian is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Design at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University. She is an architect, educator, and writer of international standing. Her design work negotiates the overlap between architecture, landscape, culture, and technology and is motivated towards internationalism as both a concept and a reality. She obtained her BArch degree from Cornell University and her MArch from Princeton. As Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, her most recent work has focused on furthering the use of game design as a way to approach complex and emergent systems within architectural, urban and landscape design, both theoretically and in practice. And seeing education as its own design problem, she is also involved in thinking and writing about education for the 21st century, in practice.

Andrew J. Policano has been Dean of The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, since August, 2004.  Prior to arriving at UC Irvine, Policano was Dean of the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for 10 years.  He received his doctorate from Brown University in economics, and his work in macroeconomics has been widely published.  He has also published numerous papers on higher education and media rankings in addition to his recently completed book, Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America’s Public Universities, from Stanford University Press. He was recently awarded the Dean’s Leadership Circle Professorship at UC Irvine for his many contributions to the School and University. In 2011, Policano was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame for the PhD Project for his work helping to increase the number of PhD candidates and therefore the number of business school faculty members from underrepresented minority groups by over 400%.

Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UCSD’s Jacobs School. At Calit2, Smarr has continued to drive major developments in information infrastructure– including the Internet, Web, scientific visualization, virtual reality, and global telepresence–begun during his previous 15 years as founding Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Smarr served as principal investigator on NSF’s OptIPuter project and currently is principal investigator of the Moore Foundation’s CAMERA project and co-principal investigator on NSF’s GreenLight project. In October 2008 he was the Leadership Dialog Scholar in Australia.

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