Van Hasselt lecture 2019

21 november 2019 20:30 t/m 22:00 - Locatie: Oude Kerk in Delft, Heilige Geestkerkhof 25 - Door: Webredactie

The theme of the yearly Van Hasselt lecture will relate to Ethics, Technology, Peace and Justice. The lecture is named after the Delft student Frans van Hasselt, who held a lecture on 23rd November 1940 denouncing the firing of Jewish professors at the university. Frans van Hasselt was arrested by the German occupying forces and died in 1942 at the Buchenwald concentration camp.

This year’s lecture will be held by Prof. Ingrid Robeyns (UU):

The purpose of the university in democratic societies

In the contemporary world, universities are often seen as sites of innovation, problem solving, and human capital formation by educating students. Yet throughout history, many philosophers have argued that the first and most important purpose of the university is a different one – a purpose that is related to its important epistemic role in democracies. Do these historic arguments still apply to universities in the contemporary world? In this lecture, Ingrid Robeyns will argue that these arguments have not lost their importance. Moreover, given technological developments and other factors shaping democratic processes, the democratic purpose of universities may well have become even more important than over the last decades. Against this background, what should we think of politicians worldwide who are attacking the universities as epistemic sites? And if we want to protect and foster the democratic purpose of the university, what does this require from the government, businesses and organizations, the university leadership, scholars and scientists, and from its students?

  • Language: English
  • Location: Oude Kerk in Delft, Heilige Geestkerkhof 25
  • Time: 20.30
  • Date: Thursday November 21st 2019

The Mekel Prize
During this event, the VP Education of TU Delft Prof.dr. Rob F. Mudde will also hand out The Mekel Prize. The Mekel Prize is awarded bi-annually to students and employees of the TU Delft by the Ethics of Technology platform. With the award the platform wants to raise awareness amongst students and employees about the ethical aspects of technological developments and the responsibility of researchers and designers for taking these aspects into account.