Restructuring Universities and the Two Cultures

USA“A bit over a month ago, Mark C. Taylor – chair of the Religion Department at Columbia, and one of the most prominent philosophers of religion in the US – published an Op-Ed for the New York Times titled ‘The End Of The University As We Know It’. The essay created a buzz on the blogosphere (unfortunately almost only there) and produced different reactions, from complete agreement to hostile opposition. The core of the essay has been summarized well by Dan Coleman at Open Culture Blog: ‘Taylor proposes six ideas: 1) Getting rid of free-standing academic departments and making academic work cross-disciplinary, 2) developing multi-disciplinary programs that focus on “real” problems …’…” (more)

[Hypertiling, 3 June]

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