We live in a world where public trust in all of our great civic institutions is being eroded by those who proselytise ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’. These challenges to institutional legitimacy are particularly poignant for universities as they stand for, among many things, truth, evidence-based argument and a commitment to intellectual enquiry.
In the face of this negative rhetoric, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge recently said “…we need to make a better case for our role as institutions that contribute to the public good. If society does not believe that we have its interests at heart, we need to do a better job at engaging with it and communicating the impact of our work.”
The practical and managerial implications of this are extensive and most universities are struggling to deal effectively with these developments.
HUMANE is bringing together an impressive group of speakers for our conference, who’ll provide guidance in getting to grips with these issues. The programme is designed around parallel sessions and case studies of institutional experiences to facilitate greater participation in discussion, with keynote speakers providing inspiration in plenary sessions.
It promises to be a lively and engaging annual conference, and a convivial social programme in the middle of a Scandinavian summer hosted at Malmö University.
Register now to secure you place.