„Veritas, Iustitia, Libertas: Contours of a Value Oriented University of the Future"
News from May 31, 2018
Today the founding principles of Freie Universität, Veritas, Iustitia, Libertas, are more current than ever. Against the background of increasing populistic movements and authoritarian regimes, leading worldwide to limitations of freedom in teaching and research and manifesting themselves in an increasing anti-academic approaches, universities and research institutions have to redefine and defend their own canon of values. It means to review, to which extent different demands to universities, like the merit principle or international networks, can be shaped in coherence with these basic principles and where conflicts could arise.
The 70th anniversary of Freie Universität gives reason to reflect upon the founding principles against the background of actual societal debates in the area of tension between academic freedom, internationalization, and educational equality.
The following lectures will be streamed online. Language of the lectures is English. To receive the link to watch the livestream, please register online (in Russian) in due time.
June 6, 2018 | 19:00 c.t. Moscow time
Moderation: Marianne Braig (Freie Universität Berlin)
The concept of academic freedom is closely intertwined with the emergence of what we consider the “modern university”. So is academic freedom an invention of the West? This session will focus on how the invaluable good of academic freedom has historically evolved in Europe, the Middle East and India and how universities may assert their autonomy even under difficult political conditions.
Sari Hanafi (American University of Beirut)
Amit Prakash (Jawarharlal Nehru University)
Joanna Williams (Kent University)
June 28, 2018 | 17:00 c.t. Moscow time
Moderation: Klaus Mühlhahn (Freie Universität Berlin)
In an authoritarian age, internationalization, as a driving force of reform, also confronts modern universities with a range of challenges. How can universities take action when the freedom of teaching and research is being infringed upon at partner universities abroad? How can the promises of international exchange be realized when certain subjects become a taboo or even criminalized? And which forms of cooperation are especially useful to live up to the principles of Libertas, Veritas and Justitia on an international level?
Joybrato Mukherjee (DAAD)
Further information on the lecture series is available on the website of Freie Universität Berlin.