Redefining the role of the university in the Trump era

“Canadian universities face potential funding problems as a result of United States protectionist policies, but the bigger threat is of populism spreading across the border. As a result they need to embrace their role to teach more than skills, educating individuals to take responsibility for their part in society.”

This is the theme of the University World News post that I co-wrote with my friend and colleague Grace Karram, and which you can continue to read here.

Grace is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT), under the supervision of Dean Glen Jones. Her varied interests and mine intersect at overarching philosophical questions about the purpose of the university.

Illustration: Adriana Del Grosso

Bruno Vompean

Bruno Vompean

Many minds think inside my own and I am always wandering: in here or out there. I take pleasure in the details and enjoy the little things. I also take pleasure in challenging worldviews, deconstructing paradigms so that we may transcend to new realities. I’m a philosopher, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

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