Presenter: Prof. Cathy Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York,
Wednesday, January 10th, 4:30-6:00, Dana auditorium
In The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, Professor Cathy N. Davidson argues that the American university is stuck in the past—and shows how we can revolutionize it to prepare students for our age of constant change. Our current system of higher education dates to the period from 1865 to 1925, when the nation’s new universities created grades and departments, majors and minors, graduate and professional schools in an attempt to prepare young people for a world transformed by the telegraph and the Model T. This approach to education worked for most of the 20th century, says Davidson, but is unsuited to the rapidly changing “gig economy.” From the Ivy League to community colleges, Davidson introduces us to innovators who are remaking college for our own time, by emphasizing student-centered learning that values creativity, dexterity, innovation, and social change. In this talk she shows how we can revolutionize our universities to help students be leaders of change, not simply subject to it.
Cathy Davidson will also participate in two discussion sessions earlier in the day that you can sign up for below.
Professor Davidson’s visit is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, the Library, and the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research.
If you are signed up to attend a discussion section you may request a copy of The New Education here.