The Other Global University: Against Educational Apartheids: Forum on the Past, Present, and Future

Friday, November 6, 2015 - Saturday, November 7, 2015  9:00am The Heyman Center, Second Floor, Common Room

This forum brings together educators to rethink relationships between institutions of higher education, their local communities, and their global milieu. In response to current, hegemonic trends of globalizing higher education, we will explore alternative histories and theories of education, asking how local and global concerns in fact pertain to all educational institutions, and how educational inequalities pertaining to class, race, gender, and geography might be either exacerbated or redressed through new institutional, interdisciplinary, and pedagogic strategies. Rather than reject outright a concept of global education, this forum instead asks participants to consider what it would mean to truly make higher education globally accessible and what aims such an education would need to address. What hypothetical curricula, exchanges, funding structures, and institutional relations would respect societies’ and individuals’ rights to intellectual self-determination without, however, positing a priori assumptions of differing educational needs based on cultural or class distinctions?

Keeping in mind that free, compulsory, “universal” education (i.e., for children within a state’s boundaries) was inaugurated just over a century ago, we might take as a starting point the conundrum faced at the onset of universal primary education: How to impart both practical and theoretical knowledge? Or, put another way, how to establish fundaments of knowledge that somehow lend themselves to the pursuit of diverse vocations and professions, ranging from the agrarian to the academic, and can certain disciplines and forms of knowledge be justified as essential whether or not they prepare students for future occupations? Presentations will offer alternative visions of higher education, touching on issues of disciplinarity, class, geography, institutional structures, and new educational media.

Organized by Ginger Nolan, INTERACT post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, and Jamyung Choi, INTERACT post-doctoral fellow at the Weatherhead Institute Columbia University. Co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Institute of Comparative Literature & Society, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Free and open to the public; no registration required.


  • Mark Taylor


    Columbia University

  • Jamyung Choi

    Jamyung Choi

    Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross

  • Saskia Cornes

    Farm and Program Manager

    Duke Campus Farm

  • Mark Wigley

    Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

    GSAPP, Columbia Universty

  • Davarian Baldwin

    Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies

    Trinity College

  • Noliwe Rooks

    Associate Professor in Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies

    Cornell University

  • Stephen Zacks


  • Laura Kurgan

    Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

    GSAPP, Columbia University

  • Noëleen Murray

    Director of the Wits City Institute and the A.W. Mellon Foundation Chair of Critical Architecture and Urbanism

    University of the Witwatersrand

  • Susan Gillespie

    Vice President, Founding Director of Institute for International Liberal Education

    Bard College

  • Felicity Scott

    Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

    Columbia University

  • Denise Ferreira Da Silva

    Director of Centre for Ethics & Politics

    School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London

  • Ruth Hayhoe

    Professor of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

    University of Toronto.

  • Ajay Singh Chaudhary


    Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

  • Lydia Liu

    W.T. Tam Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Jacques Lezra

    Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature

    New York University

  • Reinhold Martin

    Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

    Columbia University

  • Bruce Robbins

    Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities

    Columbia University

  • Hidetaka Hirota

    Visiting Assistant Professor

    The City College of New York

  • Dan-el Padilla Peralta

    Assistant Professor in Classics

    Princeton University

  • Grant Wythoff


    Society of Fellows in the Humanities


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