Next ‘Leading Voices’ Speaker Sees New World for Higher Ed


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This year’s “Leading Voices in Higher Education” lecture series kicks off with Jeffrey Selingo, author, leading authority on higher education, and award-winning journalist, speaking February 19.

“College campuses as we know them today will exist far into the future, but that future is full of risks and opportunities for many traditional institutions,” says Selingo. “I look forward to laying out one vision of the new higher-education ecosystem.”

Jeffrey Selingo says the future of higher education is full of opportunities and risks for colleges and universities. (Courtesy of Jeffrey Selingo)

The talk, free and open to the public, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 003 of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.

Selingo, who serves as editor-at-large for The Chronicle of Higher Education, has covered colleges and universities worldwide over the course of his journalism career. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, and he appears regularly on NPR, ABC, and CBS. His forthcoming book, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, will be released May 7.

The “Leading Voices” series started in 2011. The first season, “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy,” brought national political figures, presidential candidates, and policymakers to campus. Last summer’s “Leading Voices in U.S. Foreign Policy” included a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a former Defense Department official, and a retired Navy admiral. The ongoing “Leading Voices in Higher Education,” part of the strategic planning process, has featured visits from prominent writers, university presidents, and figures in higher education.

Here is a list of the upcoming Leading Voices speakers:

  • April 1: Daphne Koller, the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University
  • April 3: Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University
  • April 9: Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at the Pew Internet & American Life Project
  • April 25: Andrew Delbanco, (the William Jewett Tucker Lecturer for 2013) director of American Studies at Columbia University
  • May 7: Richard DeMillo, distinguished professor of computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the director of the Center for 21st Century Universities
Keith Chapman