Professor Robert Gibbs (Toronto): Ideas for renewing the research university
|Starts:||17:00 12 Feb 2018|
|Ends:||18:30 12 Feb 2018|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||John Rylands Research Institute|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16|
Professor Robert Gibbs recently completed a 10-year term as Inaugural Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He served a member of the International Advisory Board of CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes), and was a member of the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Chair of its Programs and Quality Committee.
His current research focuses on Higher Education, and has recently completed a book length manuscript, The University in Question: Ideas in Dialogue. In it he inquires what a Research University is for and explores different models of universities by refocusing on the research capacities of students.
His previous research is located on the borderlines of Philosophy and Religion, with a comparative and historical focus on Law and Ethics. He has worked on Ethics in relation to the modern Jewish philosophical tradition and has numerous publications in this and in related fields in continental philosophy, including two books, Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas and Why Ethics? Signs of Responsibilities.
The seminar will explore ideas about universities in order to reimagine the research university. Two key themes will guide the discussion:
1. At a Research University, every student should be learning how to do research (three ideas: knowledge, critique, inquiry)
2. The Civic University should become a permeable university—where the questions arise in society and the knowledge within the university has exchanged with knowledge in the city in pursuit of new insight. (two ideas: freedom and responsibility)
Travel and Contact Information
C1.18 (Graduate School)
Ellen Wilkinson Building