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Shaping of Modern Universities Focus of Scientia Lecture

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713)831-4793E-MAIL: [email protected] SHAPING OF MODERN UNIVERSITIES FOCUS OF SCIENTIALECTUREBoles, Zammito to Explore Events That Created Rice, Major HigherEducation InstitutesJust what Edgar Odell Lovett had inmind—and the possible German influence on his thinking—when he shaped RiceUniversity at the beginning of this century will be the focus of the openingprogram of this year’s Scientia Lecture Series.Scientia’s theme for this academic year is ”Rethinking theUniversity.” John Boles, Rice’s William Pettus Hobby Professor ofHistory, and John Zammito, associate professor of history, will present talks at4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Kyle Morrow Room of Fondren Library. Theevent is free and open to the public.Boles will discuss the educational vision of Lovett, Rice’sfirst president.”Both Lovett and the trustees recognized the unusualopportunity they had, and from the beginning they planned for Rice ultimately tobe a university of the highest rank,” Boles said.Zammito will explore the influence of Wilhelm von Humboldt,the founder of the University of Berlin, on the modern researchuniversity.”Humboldt’s vision of a modern research university aimed tomaximize the cross-fertilization of teaching and research under the culturalprinciples of his idealist neohumanism,” Zammito said. ”The question of how tointegrate the burgeoning fields of science and technology within this agenda andthus to bridge the emergent ”two cultures,” became the theoretical issue mostcentral to 19th century thought on the university.”Henry Rosovsky, professor emeritus at Harvard University,will present the next Scientia event, the Bochner Lecture, at 8 p.m., Thursday,Sept. 23, in the McMurtry Auditorium in Anne and Charles Duncan Hall.Scientia is an institute of Rice University faculty foundedin 1981 by the mathematician and historian of science Salomon Bochner. Scientiaprovides an opportunity for scholarly discussion across disciplinary boundaries.Its members and fellows come from a wide-range of academicdisciplines.###last_img

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