Engage at Lunch Webinar Series The ‘New Normal’ What higher learning should and can be 23rd July 2020.

Engage at Lunch Webinar Series The ‘New Normal’ What higher learning should and can be 23rd July 2020.

Engage at Lunch Webinar Series
The ‘New Normal’
What higher learning should and can be
23rd July 2020.

This universal crisis accelerates us in the universities towards a new view of how our universities might change and adapt to meet the crisis. We urgently need to consider a new offer to students which learns from the present deadly serious crisis AND which addresses the even greater threats from the impending ecological and climate crises which now bedevil our world.

The inaugral Engage at Lunch webinar series event themed The ‘New Normal’  What higher learning should and can be will explore the choices to be made and debates to be held on what should frame and help organise the response by universities to this situation of crisis, from what is after all a varied and diffuse set of institutions.

The broadening and deepening themes of university engagement in response to crises explored in this international webinar event will pose fundamental questions which are increasingly part of our consciousness of what higher learning should and can be.  It will consider whether the idea of contemporary university engagement can embrace the new challenges of a new era including those of a new social contract between universities and society – building on the achievements of those who have pioneered a consciousness of university engagement in Australia (the late Sir David Watson and Professor Michael Gibbons).

Professor Tamson Pietsch is a leading Australian academic who has written and broadcast authoritatively on how the relationship between universities, the state and the public might be reshaped in the form of a new social contract for our times, as we live through this global pandemic.

Register HERE for this ground-breaking international webinar event, The ‘New Normal’ What higher learning should and can be presented by Professor Jim Nyland in conversation with Associate Professor Tamson Pieitsch, emceed by Ms. Callista Thillou.

Associate Professor Tamson Pietsch
Tamson Pietsch is Associate Professor in Social & Political Sciences and Director of the Australian Centre for Public History at UTS.

Tamson’s research focuses on the history of ideas and the politics of knowledge in international contexts. She has a particular interest in higher education. Tamson is the author of Empire of Scholars: universities networks and the British academic world, 1850-1939 (Manchester, 2013) and the co-editor of The Transnational Politics of Higher Education (Routledge, 2016). Tamson is currently writing a book about the 1926 world-cruise of the “Floating University” as well as leading an ARC project on expertise in interwar Australia. She is the Director of the UTS audio unit, Impact Studios, and host of the History Lab podcast.

Tamson received her DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and then held a Junior Research Fellowship at New College and lectureship at Corpus Christi College. Prior to coming to UTS, Tamson was ARC DECRA Fellow at the University of Sydney and Lecturer in Imperial and Colonial History at Brunel University, London.