S06E03: Ron Daniels on the Role of Uni­ver­si­ties in Strength­en­ing Democracy 

This episode explores the role uni­ver­si­ties play in uphold­ing and deep­en­ing democ­ra­cy. How does uni­ver­si­ty edu­ca­tion fos­ter civic engage­ment and a demo­c­ra­t­ic spir­it? How do uni­ver­si­ties cul­ti­vate inter­ac­tive diver­si­ty? And what pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions can insti­tu­tions of high­er edu­ca­tion make in order to strength­en democ­ra­cy today? Lis­ten to the illu­mi­nat­ing dis­cus­sion regard­ing the rela­tion­ship between uni­ver­si­ties and democracy.

Guests fea­tured in this episode:

Ronald Daniels, the Pres­i­dent of Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty, as well as a board mem­ber of the Cen­tral Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty. His numer­ous accom­plish­ments include the Order of Cana­da award­ed to him in 2016 and his elec­tion as a fel­low of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Arts and Sci­ences. Dur­ing his tenure as Pres­i­dent, Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty has con­sis­tent­ly ranked at the top for its inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research and inno­va­tion, enhanced stu­dent access, as well as com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment. It thus serves as a true mod­el for a research uni­ver­si­ty in the 21st century.

Last year, Ron Daniels pub­lished an agen­da-set­ting book, “What Uni­ver­si­ties Owe Democ­ra­cy.” It makes a com­pelling and a pas­sion­ate case for uni­ver­si­ties to be engaged in pre­serv­ing and strength­en­ing demo­c­ra­t­ic achieve­ments that are under threat, both in the U.S. and elsewhere. 


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.