Prof. William Clark, UCSD: "Being Academic"


This lecture is part of a seminar series on the "Global Higher Education Revolution & the World-class Universities Movement." The speaker will offer a comparison of the heuristically simplified traditional university (monastic and guild-like) with the modern one (informed by industrial and bureaucratic practices). German academia provides the primary empirical base, with judicious comparisons to England and the US.


Monday, February 08, 2010
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Public Affairs Building 3333
(Deans Conference Room)
Los Angeles, CA 90095

About the Speaker:
William Clark Currently teaches history of science at UCSD. He has taught previously at universities in Germany, England, and the US. He has written Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University (2006), and co-edited Little Tools of Knowledge: Historical Essays in Academic and Bureaucratic Practices (2001) with Peter Becker, and The Sciences in Enlightened Europe (1999) with Jan Golinski and Simon Schaffer. He is currently working on a book on nuclear weapons, nuclear policy, and “nuclear fear” in the US, 1933-1962.

About the Lecture:
The talk is historical but aims at some contemporary resonance or relevance. There are three parts: 1) academic “space-time”; 2) students; 3) professors. The over-arching theme is a comparison of the – heuristically simplified – traditional university (monastic and guild-like) with the modern one (informed by industrial and bureaucratic practices). German academia provides the primary empirical base, with judicious comparisons to England and the United States. 

Directions and Parking: The Public Affairs Building is located immediately east of Bunche Hall (http://www.ucla.edu/map/). If you are coming from outside of UCLA, you can purchase a parking permit at the information booth located at the Hilgard-Westholme entrance on the eastern rim of UCLA, with a parking structure right across the street. 


Sponsor(s): , This seminar series was jump-started by a faculty research working group grant awarded by the Burkle Center. It is organized by the Center for Governance and co-sponsored by the Higher Education Research Institute, the Center for Society and Genetics, the Center for the Study of Religion, the Marschak Colloquium, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, the Division of Social Sciences, the School of Public Affairs, and an anonymous donor.