Oct 13-14: The Future of Scholarly Knowledge: Science Sessions Friday Afternon

The Future of Scholarly Knowledge – DAY 1 – 35th Social Research Conference
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm,  Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science Sessions on Friday 
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center , U10063 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

The Future of Scholarly Knowledge - DAY 1 - 35th Social Research Conference

In the mid-20th century when pure science needed no defense, the Ivory Tower metaphor celebrated the university as a site protected from political interference, commercial pressures and short-term problem solving.  The scholarly knowledge generated there, and at similar institutions and academies, depended heavily on public funding, private philanthropy, and university donors. Today, Webster tells us, the Ivory Tower is “an impractical, often escapist attitude marked by aloof lack of concern with or interest in practical matters or urgent problems… where people make and discuss theories about problems…without having any experience with those problems.”
If universities claim beneficial consequences as justification for government funds, why shouldn’t they be asked for evidence of these consequences? If we urge evidence-based policy — why not, then, evidence-based accountability using cost-benefit analysis to determine whether the NSF, NIH, NEA, or NEH merit taxpayer funds? Are we at the edge of a slippery slope where the production of scholarly knowledge will be shaped by the demand for metric-based accountability?

Hear panels of experts discussing what the future holds for scholarly knowledge October 13th and 14th. ( see below for scheduled, or this link and for biographies)
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This conference is made possible by the generous support from Sage Publications to the Future of Scholarly Knowledge Project.


DAY 1: Thursday, October 13th

LOCATION: University Center, Tishman Auditorium, 63 Fifth Ave, NY. NY

Session I: 6:00 – 7:30 PM


David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English, Yale University

INTRODUCTION: Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Special Advisor to the President, Columbia University

DAY 2:  Friday, October 14th

LOCATION: Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, 55 W. 13th St, NY, NY

SESSION II:  10 AM – 12:00 PM


Rosalind C. Morris, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Graduate Studies, Columbia University

 Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Committee on Global Thought

Director, South Asian Institute, Columbia University

Alan Ryan, Former Warden of New College, University of Oxford

Moderator: James E. Miller, Professor of Politics and Liberal Studies and Special Advisor to Provost; The New School for Social Research

SESSION III:  1:00 PM – 3 PM


Steven G. Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside

Arthur Lupia, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Richard A. Shweder, Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development, University of Chicago

Moderator: Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University

SESSION IV:   3:30 PM – 6:00 PM


Jeremiah P. Ostriker, Professor of Astronomy, Columbia University

Wolfgang Rohe, Executive Director, Stiftung Mercator

Joshua M. Greenberg, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Daniel Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor Emeritus of History, History of Medicine & American Studies; Yale University

Moderator: Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Special Advisor to the President, Columbia University