The University of the Future: Engaged, Open, Critical
I think there’s kind of constitutive responsibility on the part of the university and its representatives to be about the world, and to be in and with the world, and that means that we ought to engage – we ought to face the world, and in facing the world to engage each other. – David Theo Goldberg
On a recent visit to McMaster University, David Theo Goldberg shared his thoughts about the present state of the university and its hoped-for future. In this excerpt from the longer interview (which can be read here), Goldberg considers how the university – even in this age of increasing austerity – can engage with knowledge, students and diverse publics in ways that are both meaningful and transformative. The new digital and open environments with which faculty and students interface on a daily basis present important opportunities for the university to reorient itself toward critical and transdisciplinary modes of thinking, working and learning. Goldberg explains what he calls the ‘shift in disposition’ needed across the institution to help publicly engaged intellectuals strengthen their connections to each other, the university and the broader public in order to enhance learning and intervene effectively in a rapidly changing world.