New Universities Symposium Explores the Future of the University

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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BOTHELL, Wash. – What is the future of the university? This question will be front and center at the New Universities Symposium, sponsored by the University of Washington Bothell. 

The symposium marks the 20th anniversary of the University of Washington as a multi-campus institution. Situating the development of UW’s three campuses in relation to major trends in higher education, it explores the globalization, corporatization, and digitization of the engaged university on “new” and “old” campuses.

The event will take place on Friday, May 7, 10:00 – 4:30 p.m. at UW Bothell in the North Creek Events Center. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for lunch only. Sessions will be held as follows:

The Global University: Beyond Corporatization, 10:00 a.m.
Chris Newfield, University of California Santa Barbara

The Digital University: Beyond Distance Learning, 1:00 p.m.
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California

The “Communiversity”: Beyond Outreach, 2:45 p.m.
David Maurrasse, Marga Incorporated
New Universities is made possible by the support of the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities, the UW Graduate School, the Center for Global Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies, and the UW Bothell Office of Academic Affairs and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program. To learn more, visit their Web site.

About the Presenters:

Chris Newfield is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is the author of Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (2007) and Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (2003), along with many other writings.  His most recent work has turned toward a critical engagement with management theory, the “new economy,” and the internationalization of the U.S. model of higher education.

Tara McPherson is Associate Professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She is the editor of the award-winning digital journal Vectors and the author of Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (2003).  Her current work focuses on new media and new technology in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation’s initiative in Digital Media and Learning. 

David Maurasse is President and Founder of Marga Incorporated and faculty in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where he founded the Center for Innovation in Social Responsibility.  He is the author of Listening to Harlem: Gentrification, Community and Business (2006); A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships (2004); and Beyond the Campus: How Colleges and Universities form Partnerships with Their Communities (2001).

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.