Liberal Arts & the Economy: A Conversation with John Simons & John Schuster
Campion College Australia, 29 September
The Centre for the Study of Western Tradition at Campion College Australia welcomes you to spend the day asking these and other questions with two eminent leaders in tertiary education.
Find out about possibilities of an alternative program of education that not only takes foundational concerns and inquiries seriously, but has implications for the not being recognised in the current technocratic paradigm.
“The Future Really Will Happen: Surviving the Great Disruption”
Prof. John Simons (Macquarie University)
A massive disruption based on the digitally afforded delivery of higher education at high volume and low cost is just around the corner. Most developed world universities will be unable to cope with it and will come under massive pressure. This paper explores the options and suggests that while the overwhelming likelihood is that this will be a catastrophic change a few universities will understand how to ride the wave of change and make an opportunity out of a threat.
“Liberal Arts & the Economy: Quick [Illusory] Fix; or, Properly Distanced, Mutual Articulation? How Liberal Arts Colleges Can [Only] Thrive in a Reformed Tertiary System”
Prof. John Schuster (Aust. Academy for the Humanities)
This paper claims that current liberal arts settings are played out within our failed and dysfunctional undergraduate model of vocationally oriented specialist education. We need radical reform and allow the emergence of undergraduate liberal arts colleges to feed the graduate university faculties.
Furthermore, undergraduate liberal arts curricula should not connect directly to ‘jobs’, but should be the pre-requisite for postgraduate study in the learned professions, with mid-level technicians and managers being products of polytechnics.
This paper will also exhibit some futile gambits of liberal arts scholars scrambling inside the present system to save only their own fields; and some impotent suggestions put forward by policy pundits glued inside the present system. It will then look at Campion College Australia and the revised structures at the University of Melbourne as notable exceptions.
10:00 Registration and Welcome
10:30 The Future Will Really Happen (Prof. John Simons, Macquarie University)
11:15 Liberal Arts & The Economy: Quick [Illusory] Fix; or, Properly Distanced, Mutual Articulation? (Prof. John Schuster, Aust Academy of the Humanities)
13:00 Final Joint Panel with Dr. Paul Morrissey (Campion College Australia)
Prof. John Simons is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), that is the chief academic officer of the University and is the member of the University Executive with overall responsibility for the planning, quality and delivery of education provided to Macquarie’s undergraduate and graduate students.
He graduated with a BA in English and a Certificate in Palaeography at University of Wales, and acquired his PhD at the University of Exeter. He has worked at five Universities in the UK and held various visiting fellowships and professorships in the USA.
He is a historian specializing in the history of animals and has written or edited some 17 books and numerous journal articles on topics ranging from Middle English romance and Andy Warhol to the history of cricket. His book Kangaroo was listed for Biology Book of the Year in the UK in 2013. He is also a published poet.
Prof. John Schuster He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a veteran of intellectual, ideological, organizational, budgetary and curriculum battles inside universities on three continents.
He has studied physics, mathematics and European history as an undergraduate at Columbia, before completing his PhD at Princeton in the history of science and early modern European history.
Between 1973 and 2010 he taught history, philosophy and sociology of science at Princeton, Leeds, Cambridge, Wollongong and New South Wales.In 2011 he retired to full time research, in affiliation with Campion College and the University of Sydney, Unit for History & Philosophy of Science.
He has published extensively—and is widely cited—on the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, Descartes’ career as a natural philosopher, historiography and historical technique, and the political and rhetorical roles of scientific method. He has written two well known, open access textbooks, one of which was recently translated into Mandarin.