Georgetown hosts a prominent British philosopher in a lecture on the future of education

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Published March 7th, 2016 - 05:46 GMT
Professor A. C. Grayling
Professor A. C. Grayling

The Master and founder of London’s New College of the Humanities, Professor A. C. Grayling, will be delivering a public lecture titled “A Philosophical Perspective on the Future of Education” on the campus of Georgetown University in Qatar on March 7th, at 5:30 pm. Casting a global perspective, the scholar and prolific writer will discuss why education should be adapted to the condition of the twenty-first century and its complex future.

Professor Grayling, who has been called “Britain's most eminent publicly engaged philosopher” is visiting Education City as part of a region-wide tour. His public Georgetown event will be paired with a separate visit to Doha College where he will engage students in a discussion on philosophy and where he is scheduled to present a lecture to their faculty on The Value of Humanities in Modern Society. His last stop will be at the Emirates Festival of Literature in Dubai, where he will talk about his new book titled The Age of Genius.

A. C. Grayling is also a Professor of Philosophy at the London-based New College of the Humanities, which launched as an institution of higher education in 2012, and the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He is a columnist for Prospect magazine, and was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian and Times. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3, 2 and the World Service, and he has often appeared on television.

He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Anthony Grayling was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. 

Background Information

Georgetown University in Qatar

Established in 1789 in Washington, DC, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), founded in 2005 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, seeks to build upon the world-class reputation of the university through education, research, and service. Inspired by the university’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding, GU-Q aims to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humankind.

Located in Doha’s Education City, GU-Q offers the same internationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree as Georgetown’s Capitol Campus in Washington, DC. This unique, interdisciplinary program prepares students to tackle the most important and pressing global issues by helping them develop critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills within an international context. GU-Q alumni work in leading local and international organizations across industries ranging from finance to energy, education, and media. The Qatar campus also serves as a residency and delivery location for the Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management along with the Executive Master’s in Leadership.

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