"Veritas, Iustitia, Libertas: Contours of a Value Oriented University of the Future"
News from Oct 30, 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 events will be streamed online. Language of the events is English. To receive the link to watch the livestream, please register online (in Russian) in due time.
November 6, 2018 | 18:15 c.t. Moscow time
Prof. Dr. Philosoph R. Jay Wallace (University of California in Berkeley)
Prof. Dr. Paul Nolte (Freie Universität Berlin)
In recent years, the issue of free speech has returned to campuses in unexpected ways. Initially tied to the right to political activity on campus, free speech nowadays is often a contested concept in the quest for diverse and respectful learning environments. How should one prevent hate speech on campus without restricting free speech? And how should one protect free inquiry and academic freedom in an increasingly polarized political environment? In the fourth event of the series “Veritas, Iustitia, Libertas,” philosopher R. Jay Wallace and historian Paul Nolte will discuss current debates on Free Speech in the U.S. and Germany, with a focus on their own campuses: UC Berkeley and Freie Universität, at different moments in their history, both have been at the center of struggles on free speech.
November 20, 2018 | 18:15 c.t. Moscow time
Gülay Çaglar (Freie Universität Berlin)
Leyla Dakhli (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin)
Michael Keith (Director des Centre on Migration, Policy and Society der Universität Oxford)
This discussion is about the integration of refugee students and the reception of refugee and endangered scientists, but also about, how current political and social debates on migration are challenging academic knowledge production.
December 4, 2018
On December 4 in 1948, Freie Universität Berlin was founded by students and academics. They wanted to learn, teach, and conduct research at the university without any political influence and they were supported in their efforts by the American Allies and Berlin politicians, including Ernst Reuter, then Mayor of Berlin. Every year, the Ernst Reuter Day celebrates the founding anniversary of Freie Universität. The university community, alumni, friends, and sponsors come together for this festive event. 2018 will be a special ceremony to mark Ernst Reuter Day, the highlight of the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the university's founding.
Further information on the lecture series is available on the website of Freie Universität Berlin.
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