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Integrative Learning in a World Where "Complexity is Free"

Date: 10/03/13
Time: 5:00p.m.
Location: Honors Center

What is the optimal learning environment for an age where "complexity is free"? The phrase comes from Luana Iorio, of the General Electric labs, as quoted by Thomas Friedman, in the New York Times of September 14. Iorio highlights the excitement of crowdsourcing, speed, and innovation in today's world of work. How does the academy-with its disciplines, sequences, governance, and hierarchies - participate in and prepare learners for a world of complex and rapid innovation? What are useful models of faculty work in this world, and how can the disciplines best collaborate to tackle persistent and emerging problems? Can the academy continue to be the leader in developing human potential?