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20th July, 2015

Miri Rubin – Medieval Universities- Privileged, Distinctive and Embedded

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20th July, 2015
17.00 - 18.30
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS

Presented by Professor Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History and Head of the School of History, Queen Mary University of London.

This lecture will introduce medieval universities from their beginnings in England, France and Italy and on to the Renaissance when Europe has produced some seventy such institutions of higher education.

– How is learning to be turned into a job and career?
– How are poor students to be supported?
– How are youthful students best transformed into serious scholars?
– Who should support higher education?
– What is the appropriate balance between abstract learning – interesting and even virtuous per se – and study oriented towards jobs in church and state?
– What are the criteria for academic freedom?
– What is the pedagogic value of memory and memorizing
– How does university experience set up networks for life?
– Are universities necessarily the antithesis to life-long-learning?
– Can universities combine apprenticeship with ex cathedra teaching?
– Can any European model ever be without considerable regional variation?

The lecture will introduce medieval sources in translation as well as images for illustration, and in facilitation of the discussion to follow.

The lecture will take place from 17:00-18:30 in the David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Campus.

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