WIGH Seminar: William Kirby, “The World of Universities in the 21st Century: Two Case Studies”


Monday, November 28, 2016, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Lower Level Library

“The World of Universities in the 21st Century:  Two Case Studies”
William C. Kirby, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies
Commentator: Charles S. Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University
Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History, Harvard University
Graduate Student Commentator: Aniket De, PhD Candidate in History, Harvard University

Using the case studies of UC-Berkeley and Hong Kong University, Professor Kirby will examine leading global centers of higher education in the 21st century from a historian’s perspective. The seminar will explore how have they grown, assess their greatest challenges today; and estimate which system (if any one will) will be more likely to set global standards in this 21st century.  

This graduate-faculty research seminar is designed to bring together interested faculty and students on a continuing basis to cover topics on global history. It is part of History 2950A, Approaches to Global History, and includes both reading sessions designed for graduate students and research sessions open to the interested public during which students and faculty participants will present current research. Faculty participants will be drawn from a number of schools, and, most especially, from the group of fellows in global history who are spending the academic year 2015/16 at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History. Discussions will be moderated by Professors Sugata Bose and Charles S. Maier.

Papers will be precirculated and available on the course website (Harvard ID required) or by request to jbarnard@fas.harvard.edu one week ahead of time.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are in the Lower Level Library, Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, from 4:00-6:00pm.

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