Academic Innovation for the Public Good
Join us for lively conversations in 2023
The ability to innovate for many colleges and universities is no longer just a differentiator — it's an imperative. Join Stanford Digital Education and Trinity College for a virtual author conversation series on how higher education can affect the public good, including how institutions can lead and support efforts to make higher education more equitable and accessible.
Each of the eight events in our 2023 series features an author (or authors) of a recently published book that explores the role of colleges and universities in addressing social, political, and economic disparities. Authors are interviewed by expert moderators, with the conversations focused on the potential for academic innovations to expand access to — and strengthen the impact of — higher education. The talks are co-sponsored with more than 15 colleges and universities and are organized into two parts. Register for the events by clicking "Save my seat" on the event pages.
Part 1: Who Belongs in College and University?
Who belongs in college and university? How is academic belonging claimed, nurtured, and extended — institutionally, in the classroom, and beyond? The book selections for the first half of our series, February through May, build on this topic of belonging — from looking at affirmative action in college admissions, to the role of historically Black colleges and universities in American life, to the project of creating connections, to the ways that networks can increase our ability to navigate and transcend social divides.
Is Affirmative Action Fair? The Myth of Equity in College Admissions
A conversation with author Natasha Warikoo
Wednesday, February 8, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time
Vital and Valuable: The Relevance of HBCUs to American Life and Education
A conversation with authors James V. Koch and Omari H. Swinton (photo)
Wednesday, March 8, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time
Check back soon for a recording of this event.
Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides
A conversation with author Geoffrey Cohen
Wednesday, April 12, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time
Two books: The Human Network and Who You Know
A conversation with authors Julia Freeland Fisher (photo) and Matthew O. Jackson
Wednesday, May 10, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time
Part 2: How Higher Education Can Expand Knowledge Sharing
How can educators innovate to ensure greater equity and access to knowledge? The book selections for the second half of our calendar year, August through November, examine how knowledge is created and shared, starting with a book about innovations that can enhance teaching and learning in classrooms as well as workplaces. The next two books in the series explore how universities can rethink the established approaches to education so as to better distribute and circulate knowledge, with one examining a unique test case of experiential learning that challenged ideas about where a university derives its authority. The series ends with a work that questions sweeping claims about the power of technology to reinvent education and considers the institutional and social changes necessary for technological innovations to deliver on their promise.
Creative Hustle: Blaze Your Own Path and Make Work That Matters
A conversation with authors Olatunde Sobomehin and sam seidel
Wednesday, August 9, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time
The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge
A conversation with author Peter B. Kaufman
Wednesday, September 6, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time
The Floating University: Experience, Empire, and the Politics of Knowledge
A conversation with author Tamson Pietsch
Wednesday, October 11, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time
Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education
A conversation with author Justin Reich
Wednesday, November 8, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time
All are welcome
Anyone interested in the themes of equity, access, and innovation at colleges and universities will benefit from this free author discussion series. Learn about obstacles to enhancing equity and access in higher education, be inspired to experiment in your own classrooms or workplace, and discover how you can help promote innovation at your own institution as well as in society at large.
For sustained engagement, we recommend registering for all conversations in Part 1 and/or all of Part 2, though we welcome those choosing to attend individual events.
What we talked about in 2022
In 2022, the authors we invited probed the obligations of universities to democracy, to society, and to their immediate communities. Watch our ’22 compilation video for excerpts of conversations with Davarian Baldwin, Ronald Daniels, Sekile Nzinga, Emily Levine, Sarah Stein Greenberg, William Kirby, Ethan Ris, Marybeth Gasman, Van Ton-Quinlivan, Tia Brown McNair, and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux.
Thank you to our program partners
Badavas Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (Bentley University)
Brown University School of Professional Studies
Mount Holyoke College
University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation
Notre Dame Learning
Thank you to our co-sponsors
Carnegie Mellon University
Duke Learning Innovation
Georgetown University Center for Design in Learning and Scholarship
Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Davidson
Johns Hopkins University
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University
North Dakota State University
Northwestern University Women's Center
Stanford Humanities Center’s Recovering the University as a Public Good initiative
Stanford Pathways Lab
University of Pennsylvania Online Learning Initiative
University of Wyoming
If your institution is not represented on this list, and you would like to become a program partner or co-sponsor, please e-mail email@example.com. Program partners contribute financial support. There is no cost to co-sponsor; you simply post the events on your local events calendars and newsletters and we will include your institution on the list.
Banner photo (top): The American Library by Yinka Shonibare, on display in the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University. Photo credit: Andrew Brodhead.