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Academic Innovation for the Public Good

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In 2022, Stanford Digital Education and Trinity College organized 10 monthly book conversations via Zoom with leading scholars on how higher education can affect the public good. Our goal was to foster discussion about how to make higher education’s future more equitable and accessible.

Each event featured an author of a recently published book exploring the role of colleges and universities in addressing society’s problems. An expert in the author’s field conducted the interview, followed by questions from the audience. You can find recordings of the conversations below.

Participants could join the Academic Innovation for the Public Good community space for opportunities to connect with others committed to the themes of equity, access, and innovation in higher education. You can continue to access the community space for special author events, including virtual Q&As and other on-demand content. The book conversations are free, and all are welcome. 

Please complete our survey to let us know what you thought of this year’s book series, including what you would like to see in next year’s program.

Recorded Conversations from Our 2022 Series

Jan. 26, 2022

Author Davarian Baldwin

In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities Are Plundering Our Cities

Feb. 23, 2022

Author Ronald Daniels

What Universities Owe Democracy

March 23, 2022

Author Sekile Nzinga

Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity

April 27, 2022

Author Emily Levine

Allies and Rivals: German-American Exchange and the Rise of the Modern Research University

May 25, 2022

Author Sarah Stein Greenberg

Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways

June 22, 2022

Author William Kirby

Empires of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China

July 27, 2022

Author Ethan Ris

Other People's Colleges: The Origins of American Higher Education Reform

August 24, 2022

Author Marybeth Gasman

Doing the Right Thing: How Colleges and Universities Can Undo Systemic Racism in Faculty Hiring

September 28, 2022

Author Van Ton-Quinlivan

WorkforceRx: Agile and Inclusive Strategies for Employers, Educators and Workers in Unsettled Times

October 26, 2022

Authors Tia Brown McNair and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux

From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education

Stanford Digital Education and Trinity jointly organized the series in collaboration with Bentley University, Brown, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke Learning Innovation, Georgetown University Center for Design in Learning and Scholarship, Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Davidson College, Johns Hopkins University, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton, Minerva, North Dakota State University Graduate School, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northwestern University Women's Center, Notre Dame Learning, University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation, University of Missouri Online, University of Pennsylvania Online Learning Initiative, Stanford Humanities Center’s Recovering the University as a Public Good initiative and the Stanford Pathways Lab.