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De Lange Conference IX

October 13-14, 2014
Teaching in the Research University of Tomorrow

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose... or is it?

University teaching evolves unevenly: certain traditions persist unchanged, whereas others revise at the rate of a Twitter feed. The ninth De Lange conference sets its sights on this simultaneously eternal and evanescent topic, integrating broad historical, philosophical and practical perspectives on university education with close attention to the forces driving change.

Looking broadly, the conference considers our historical understanding of teaching, learning, and the goals of university education. How do contemporary transformations affect these understandings? How might technological advances — those anticipated as well as those existing— improve teaching?   How do they impact when, where, and how teaching happens?  The De Lange Conference IX in October 2014 will provide a setting in which collective reflection on these issues will occur in concert with the opportunity to experience, envision, and debate ways of transforming our own teaching practices.

The De Lange Conferences, funded by the De Lange Endowment, were established by C. M. and Demaris Hudspeth in honor of Demaris' parents, Albert and Demaris De Lange.

These conferences are held every other year and have the flexibility to range broadly in subject matter and discipline. All are intended to bring to the Rice University campus top experts and major figures to focus on a topic of great concern to society.





De Lange Conference IX
Teaching in the Research University of Tomorrow


Monday, October 13, 2014
Rice University, Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC)

Morning Session:

  • 7:30 AM Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM Introduction – Susan McIntosh, Director, Scientia/De Lange Conferences
  • 8:40 AM Welcome – David Leebron, President, Rice University
  • 8:50 AM Introduction of Jeff Selingo (Chronicle of Higher Education, Arizona State University)
    Steve Cox, Chair, Faculty Fellows of the Center for Teaching Excellence

Historical Perspectives on the university and its evolution (moderator, Jeff Selingo)

  • 9:00 AM Opening Address - William Bowen, President Emeritus, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and President Emeritus, Princeton University
  • 10:00 AM Breakout Activities/Teaching Demos
  • 11:00 AM Ruth Simmons, President Emerita and Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University
  • 12:00 PM Lunch Address, Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark

Afternoon Session:

New Insights in Learning and Impacts on the Teaching Process (moderator, Jeff Selingo)

  • 1:30 PM Stephen Kosslyn, Dean, Minerva Schools of Arts and Sciences
  • 2:30 PM Roddy Roediger, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis
  • 3:30 PM Breakout Activities/Teaching Workshops
  • 4:30 PM Overview of Day 1 by Jeff Selingo
  • 5:00 PM Reception and Posters

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Rice University, Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC)

Morning Session:

  • 7:30 AM Breakfast/Activities

Impact of Technology on Teaching (moderator, Caroline Levander, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Rice University)

  • 8:30 AM Introductory Remarks, Caroline Levander
  • 9:00 AM Anant Agarwal, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT and President, edX
  • 10:00 AM Breakout Activities/Teaching Workshops
  • 11:00 AM Daphne Koller, Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University and Co-Founder, Coursera
  • 12:00 PM Lunch Address – Kevin Guthrie, President, Ithaka

Afternoon Session:

Into the Future: What has been the impact of technology and where will it go?

  • 1:30 PM David Pritchard, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics, MIT
  • 2:30 PM Breakout Activities
  • 3:30 PM Panel, Moderated by George Rupp, President Emeritus, Rice University and Columbia University; Former President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee
  • 4:45 PM Overview and concluding remarks, George Rupp
  • 5:15 PM Adjourn – Susan McIntosh, Director, Scientia/De Lange Conferences

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