Lezing 'Is politics part of the universities’ job?'

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01-12-2022 van 14:00 tot 18:00
University Foundation, Egmontstraat 11, 1000 Brussel
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The 2022 edition of the Ethical Forum is dedicated to Caroline Pauwels (honorary rector VUB) who passed away on August 5, 2022.

No one would deny the universities’ right to enter the political domain in order to defend their own interests, or in order to campaign for material and institutional conditions favorable to the development of higher education and research generally.

But universities often take a public stance on broader and more contentious political issues, for example on how to address the challenges of climate change, of immigration, of economic inequality or of international conflicts.

They do so sometimes in the form of public declarations by their authorities, but also, for example, by allowing some people and not others to speak on their campuses, by subsidizing some student organizations and not others, by initiating or supporting boycott actions, by awarding honorary degrees for reasons other than academic merit, or by sanctioning professors who propagate politically deviant views.

The purpose of this Ethical Forum is to stimulate reflection

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