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