Jonathan Cole shadow A Discussion on Freedom of Academic Inquiry

with Jonathan R. Cole

April 11, 2016 • 4-5PM

Columbia University, Low Memorial Library, Burden Room 206

  • Jonathan R. Cole, John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus of the University and Dean Emeritus of Faculties; former Provost and Dean of Faculties of Columbia University

Join Professor Jonathan R. Cole, a prominent professor in the sociology of science for a conversation on the freedom of academic inquiry. The Talks with Professors series allows students to engage in casual and meaningful conversations with distinguished scholars in a laid-back, informal setting. Registration open to Columbia University students only.

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About the Speaker

Jonathan R. Cole is currently John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost and Dean of Faculties, Emeritus at Columbia University. For fourteen years, from 1989 to 2003, he was Provost and Dean of Faculties of Columbia University – the second longest tenure as Provost in the University’s 250-year history. He served as the Director of the Center for the Social Sciences from 1979 to 1987, when he became Vice President for Arts and Sciences.

His scholarly work has focused principally on the development of the sociology of science as a research specialty.  He has authored multiple books and articles on this subject.  His most recent book is: The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensible National Role, and Why it Must Be Protected (Public Affairs, 2010).

Jonathan R. Cole was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1975-76. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1975-76). He spent the 1986-87 academic year as a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an elected Member of the American Philosophical Society; Member, Council on Foreign Relations; and Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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