Update (Dec. 30, 2016): The conference has been postponed. We will post the new date when available.
In a university knowledge is its own end, not merely a means to an end…. It is the business of a university to provide that atmosphere which is most conducive to speculation, experiment and creation. It is an atmosphere in which there prevail ‘the four essential freedoms’ of a university – to determine for itself on academic grounds who may teach, what may be taught, how it shall be taught, and who may be admitted to study. [Sweezy v. New Hampshire, 354 US 234 (1957), quoting The Open Universities in South Africa 10-12.]
Sixty years after this statement was published, higher education again finds itself at a crossroads. The four questions of teacher qualifications, curriculum, methodology, and student body remain central to the inquiry regarding higher education itself. Moreover, these questions must be answered in the context of the university’s mission to create as well as to disseminate new knowledge.
Hat tip: SSRN.