The Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series:"The idea of a University:Newman and now"

University of Birmingham, Muirhead Tower, Muirhead Lecture Theatre
Thursday 28th October 2010 (18:30-19:30)
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Contact: Eleanor Leftwich
Tel: 0121 414 2950

Professor Stefan Collini FBA-University of Cambridge

This lecture will address the long-standing debate about the role of universities, in particular the conflict between seeing them as filling professional or economic needs and having them provide a liberal education for its own sake. Following the recent beatification of John Newman, Professor Collini will focus the discussion on Newman's celebrated book on the subject-"The idea of a University" -a discussion which is just as current today as when the book was first published in 1852.

Stefan Collini has written widely on intellectual and literary life in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain. He is a frequent contributor to the Time Literary Supplement, London Review of Books and he has written several critiques of aspects of policy towards universities in the UK.

This lecture is free but please register your attendance with Eleanor Leftwich