University of Michigan Bicentennial: 1817-2017President’s Bicentennial Colloquium

The Evolving Bargain Between Research Universities and Society

How can universities best engage with the many public interests, concerns and controversies that are inevitably part of their work? What should society expect from universities, and how should institutions respond to those expectations?
And how do we ensure that the rich life of the mind is recognized as essential to any successful contract between universities and society at large?

The Evolving Bargain Between Research Universities and Societies, the second in a series of three bicentennial colloquia, examined these questions through a series of special events spearheaded by Presidential Bicentennial Professors Susan E. Alcock and Paul N. Courant.

Below are photographs from the signature event, a public discussion of the “evolving bargain” among the leaders of some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world: the members of the Board of the Tanner Lectures on Human Values.

Read the University Record story.