Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • The Future of the University
  • Lecture
  • 4/17/2014
  • 20:00-21:00
  • Spooner Hall
  • Host: The Commons
Event Description
The modern model of the university has been largely unchanged for over a century: comprised of disciplines associated with departments and schools, teaching in lecture halls and accreditation by degree. Rapidly advancing computer technologies, informative large data sets, surprising insights from educational research, and new economic realities are forcing us to rethink the standard model. The practical call for true interdisciplinary work to meet pressing societal challenges, combined with deep structural impediments to building partnerships that span the public and private domains, are accelerating the call for change. David Krakauer, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, discusses a few earlier attempts to address these challenges, then focuses on the work of The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a laboratory for exploring the future of research and education within the ecosystem of a large research university. Krakauer is also Co-Director of the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation and Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. His research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in biology and culture.