Emily Levine | A Genealogy of the University

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Join us for a lecture by Stanford's Emily Levine as part of the 1891 Lectures in the Humanities series.


How might scholars turn the tools of historicism on our own institutions and take a more critical look at the ideas about higher education that are often unquestioned?

How should the university respond, in turn, to thinking about itself as an evolving institution?

Drawing on methods from intellectual history, sociology, and philosophy, Levine will discuss how we can upend tradition while rooting our futurist optimism in a more authentic history.

Related Materials

It’s Time for an Overhaul of Academic Freedom The Washington Post

Why the ‘Academic Social Contract’ Is Breaking The Chronicle of Higher Education

Understanding Academic Freedom’s Flawed Past Can Help Improve Its Future Stanford Report


About the Speaker

Emily J. Levine is Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) History at Stanford University. She received her PhD in History and the Humanities at Stanford, and her BA from Yale where she returned as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. She is the author of Allies and Rivals: German-American Exchange and the Rise of the Modern Research University (University of Chicago Press, 2021), and Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School (University of Chicago Press, 2013), which was awarded the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize by the American Historical Association. Levine has published in top scholarly journals, including the American Historical Review and The Journal of Modern History, as well as for wider audiences in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.

About the Series

In 1891, thirty-five scholars gathered to form a community in a new university. In that spirit, this series welcomes senior humanities faculty to the Stanford community to present their work. 

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