27 May 2019 from 14:30 to 17:00

On Truth and Post-Truth: Invitation Harmen Tiddens Educational Grand Lecture

Professor Brian Hodges of the University of Toronto, influential researcher on education in health care, will give the Harmen Tiddens lecture, titled: On Truth and Post-Truth: The Role of Education and the University.

This event will be fully in English


The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) declared that 2018 the word of the year was ‘post-truth’.

We have entered an era in which, to use the words of OED ‘objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’ Public and political discourse is overrun by slippery uses of facts and overtly manufactured ‘truths’.

A critical question is which individuals and what institutions are to be trusted to speak ‘truth’ and on what basis. Universities can and must play this role: they are well positioned to challenge scientific and historical untruths, false associations and to call out unsupported claims.

Even more powerfully, universities have the tools to study what makes it possible to state that something is true in the first place. Without attention to how ‘truths’ are constructed, one is left to hurl back weak pleas that claims are ‘not evidence-based’. But by understanding how ‘truths’ are constructed it becomes possible to challenge and dismantle the most egregious.


14.30 Welcome with coffee and tea
15.00 Introduction annual Harmen Tiddens Educational Grand Lecture
Prof. Berent Prakken en prof. Olle ten Cate
15.15 In memory of Harmen Tiddens
Prof. Harm Tiddens
15.30 What do we mean by Open Science, Open Education?
Prof. Frank Miedema
16.00 Harmen Tiddens Educational Grand Lecture
Prof. Brian Hodges
16.45 Discussion with the audience
17.00 Reception

This event is free of charge and open to all UU and UMC Utrecht employees. There is no need to register. 

Start date and time
27 May 2019 14:30
End date and time
27 May 2019 17:00