The aim of the seminar is to expand our understanding of the institutions in which we work and in which most of the intellectual labor of the world is conducted or supported. This seminar will host talks and events that present research and foster discussion about universities and other institutions of higher education. Our scope is large, encompassing explorations of the past, examinations of current issues, and informed speculation about the future. Visit our seminar's website to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Doctoral Research on Political Participation, Elite Status, and Race and Merit
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center


Young Voters’ Understanding(s) of Political Participation: Diversity of Political Repertoires and Balance of Strategies Among Millennial College Students
Bo Yun Park, Harvard University

Status as Security: An Exploration of the Academic Lives of Elite Students
Jonathan D. Hampton, Harvard University

Race and Merit: Racialized Exclusion from Prestige in Higher Education Enrollment, 2004-2013
Prabhdeep Kehal, Brown University

Mario Small, Harvard University
On Power and Ambiguity in the Student-Adviser Relation
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Room 114, Barker Center


Small will present work from his forthcoming book, Someone To Talk To (Oxford), a study of how people decide whom to talk to when they need a confidant. The book is based partly on the experiences of a set of PhD graduate students as they navigated the first year in their programs, a time that for many is filled with difficult transitions. In the talk, Small will examine the complications that may arise when students think of confiding difficult issues to their advisers, especially when the student and adviser share a strong bond.

Anthony Jack, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Society of Fellows
Talk Title TBA
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 4:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center
Scott Gelber, Wheaton College
Talk Title TBA
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Past Events 2016 - 17

Panel on "Universities’ Responsibility to Truth"