Presidential Symposium: The Idea of a University in Time of Crisis

Commentators from a variety of perspectives claim that the modern University is in crisis. The list of causes for the trouble includes a trend toward corporatization, a neo-liberal business orientation, a "bubble" in the costs incurred by students and families, athletics run amok, and an emphasis on vocationalism over broad intellectual growth.

A panel of university presidents affirmed the appropriate values of the modern University, discussing its current tensions, examining the practices that have sustained it, and identifying the changes it needs to address.


  • Fred Andrle, OSU Humanities Institute and former host of "Open Line" on WOSU radio


  • E. Gordon Gee, President, The Ohio State University
  • Joan Leitzel, former President, The University of New Hampshire
  • James B. Milliken, President, The University of Nebraska
  • Harvey Perlman, Chancellor, The University of Nebraska--Lincoln

Recorded on Friday, October 5, 3:30-5:00 PM at the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater