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De Lange VIII: How Universities Can Make the Most Difference, Locally and Globally

February 27, 2012 by Amy Gutmann

De Lange Conference

The Future of the Research University in a Global Age

February 27-28, 2012

Session I, moderated by David Leebron, President, Rice University

Speaker: Amy Gutmann, President and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania


To educate students to creatively understand and constructively change their world, universities must offer curricula that do more than simply prepare students for a job. We must educate them for lives of engaged citizenship. Universities can do this by better integrating liberal arts studies with a fulsome understanding of professional roles and responsibilities, because their lives and their societies are profoundly shaped by the professions. The unprecedented power of knowledge-driven professions over individuals and societies makes cultivating this creative understanding across the liberal arts and professions a worthy goal for universities intent on making the most difference, locally, nationally, and globally.



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