Special Guest Speaker
Professor Ronald Barnett, Institute of Education, London
‘That blinking cursor demands words from me’: a wandering scholar reflects on an academic life”
Professor Barnett is known as an authority on ideas about the university, higher education and the student experience; he has also held a number of senior academic positions and roles. In his talk, Professor Barnett – who has produced nineteen books, nine of them sole-authored – will look back on his own intellectual and professional journey and reflect on how he has come to write so much - and what has kept him going. He will share his passions for writing and its challenges, and the sources of his intellectual energies. He will reflect on how his ideas have evolved over the years and the influences on those ideas; and how, in turn, his writing has changed him. He will also share some of his concerns about higher education and how, in his professional life, he has tried to put his own ideas into practice.
Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is a recognized authority on the conceptual and theoretical understanding of the university and higher education. His books, several of which have won prizes and have been translated into other languages, include The Idea of Higher Education, Higher Education: A Critical Business, Realizing the University in an age of supercomplexity, Beyond All Reason: Living with Ideology in the University, and A Will to Learn: Being a Student in an Age of Uncertainty (all published by McGraw-Hill/ Open University Press). His latest book is Being a University (Routledge – January 2011).
RSVP: Please email Diane Dickie(D.Dickie@gcal.ac.uk) The Graduate School, ext 8096.