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Symposium to Explore the Future of Academic Disciplines

The upcoming Spring Scholarly Communication Symposium will feature four faculty experts discussing one of the great questions facing universities today: how do and should academic disciplines endure in a rapidly evolving environment? The symposium, Communicating Scholarship in the 21st Century and to Generations to Come, will be held in Lauinger Library on April 11 from 10 am to 12 pm.

Georgetown University is currently engaged in a University-wide conversation about what the future of Georgetown—and academia in general—will look like. As we move into this future, how will academic disciplines evolve? What is lost as some theories or concepts are discarded for new ones; and how are these changes communicated? How do scholars communicate, and how is scholarship perpetuated, in a rapidly changing university environment?

Panelists Jeff Collmann, Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Ranit Mishori, Global Health Initiative; George Shambaugh, Walsh School of Foreign Service; and Francis Slakey, Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy will address these questions and more, illustrating how their disciplines have evolved and will continue to endure—or not. Carol Benedict, Chair of the Department of History, will moderate.

The Scholarly Communication Symposium is hosted every semester by the University Library to engage with the pressing questions facing scholarly communications. Watch videos of past symposia on the Library’s website.