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The American University of the 21st Century: Defining the Future of Global Academia

Friday, March 14, 2014
12:00 AM
1330 Mason Hall

FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION: Limited openings available!
As we enter the 21st century, academia finds itself in a novel position. Higher institutions such as the University of Michigan were created to provide an “uncommon education for the common man,” but what does an “uncommon education” entail in a time of rapid globalization and development? What kinds of new knowledge does the university have a responsibility to produce in the complex society of the 21stcentury?

Dr. David Porter, a professor of English at the University of Michigan, believes that today’s world calls for a new master’s degree program entitled “Intercultural Studies”. This program looks at how cultures collide and intersect, and how comparative approaches to literature, religion, history, and philosophy can be used to solve global problems. Professor Porter's very own creation, “Intercultural Studies” would be the first degree of its kind throughout America, and it would debut at U-M.  He has the support of eleven departments within LSA, but he’s missing the most essential input of all – yours. In order to provide feedback about what you think of this proposed program, please come to the Honors Lounge on Friday, March 14 and share your thoughts. The future student body of the University of Michigan will thank you!

Focus Group Discussion