– Dr. Thomas Benson
The 2017 Petrovich Lecture
Co-hosted by the Interdisciplinary Studies program and the Honors College
Wednesday, March 15th 6:45-8:30 pm
Skylight Lounge, The Commons*
UMBC 50th Anniversary Event
Dr. Benson holds an esteemed place at our university as former member of faculty within the Philosophy department who named UMBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies program in 1978, founded in 1982 what has since become the Honors College.
Within a career of many notable national and international accomplishments, Dr. Benson is co-founder of the ASIANetwork (a national consortium of 200 liberal arts institutions), founder and chair emeritus of the Africa Network and president of the Board of the Myanmar Foundation. Dr. Benson’s talk will weave together reflections upon an influential paper and an equally influential talk to provide a message tailored uniquely to our campus and the challenges it faces in 2017.
- The paper (Benson, 1982) helped shaped a national debate about the value and role of interdisciplinarity in undergraduate education: Dr. Benson was, at the time of publication, the president of the Association of Interdisciplinary Studies – one factor which helped this paper reach national prominence.
- The talk (Benson, 2013) discusses a “gathering storm” of four major crises facing institutions of higher education in the 21st century (the information technology revolution, globalization, touch market forces and institutional resistance to adapt the role of the university.)