The Future University

Higher Education looks different in 2017. Disciplines are in constant flux. Technology is revolutionizing intellectual inquiry, research, and production. Teaching styles and classroom structures are accommodating an exponential growth in knowledge and increased societal complexity, with the mission of advancing human well-being. Yet, much of the “modern” university is still rooted in its centuries-old traditions, structures, and practices.

The Commons asks:

  • If you were to design the ideal University, for today and tomorrow, what would it look like?
  • How would it function?
  • What would it not be?

In essence, What is the Future University?

The Future University, Workshop
11:00am-12:00pm Friday, August 30, 2019 The Commons

The KU Office of Research and The Commons invite you to a workshop and networking event designed to explore emerging research collaboration and funding opportunities related to The Future of Work.

The rise of new technologies is changing the world of work at an unprecedented rate. Advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, learning sciences, autonomous systems, and novel interpretations of the nature of work provide opportunities to create new industries and occupations to better address societal goals.

But disruptive technologies come with risks, including job losses for vulnerable worker populations, lack of educational infrastructure to create the requisite workforce, ethics and privacy concerns, and outdated policy and legal frameworks for managing attendant challenges. The unknowns in this Grand Societal Challenge are staggering and require insights from a wide range of disciplines.

Funding agencies from NSF to DoD and foundations are rolling out opportunities to explore the Future of Work. This workshop will explore emerging research roadmaps + upcoming solicitations.

Of interest to:
Faculty, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff

Past Events

Framing the Dialogue, Public Event, The Future University
11:30am-1:00pm Friday, November 30, 2018 The Commons
Framing the Dialogue, The Future University, Workshop
9:00am-4:00pm Thursday, November 9, 2017 | The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons, The Future University
3:30pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017 The Commons
Arnab Chakraborty, English, Ramón Alvarado, Philosophy, Jennifer Abercrombie Foster, Spanish & Portuguese, Discussion Moderator: Christina Lord, French & Italian
Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Panel, The Future University
7:00 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The Commons
Stefan M. Bradley - Associate Professor of History St. Louis University, Connie Burk - Executive Director, the NW Network, Susan Kruth - Senior Program Officer, Legal and Public Advocacy, FIRE, Frank LoMonte - Executive Director, Student Press Law Center, Moderator, Jeff Chasen - Associate Vice Provost, Integrity & Compliance, KU
Red Hot Research, The Future University
Friday, April 21, 2017 The Commons
Graduate Student Event, The Future University
9:30am-12:00pm Wednesday, March 15, 2017 The Commons
Led by Stony Brook University Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Sacha Kopp
Public Event, The Future University
7:00pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017 The Commons
Sacha Kopp, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Stony Brook University
Symposium, The Future University
10am-4pm Friday, February 10, 2017 The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons, The Future University
Thursday, February 9, 2017 The Commons
with Jessica Green
The Future University
7:00 PM Wednesday, March 25, 2015 The Commons