Event: William Kirby (HBS), "Empires of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China" (03 April)

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On Monday, April 3, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST), the Business History Initiative at Harvard Business School will host its next seminar. William Kirby, T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, will introduce his new book, Empires of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China (Harvard University Press, 2022). The seminar will be held in person and online via Zoom.

Empires of Ideas chronicles "two revolutions in higher education: the birth of the research university and its integration with the liberal education model." It examines “the successes of leading universities—The University of Berlin and the Free University of Berlin in Germany; Harvard, Duke, and the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States—to determine how they rose to prominence and what threats they currently face." The book "draws illuminating comparisons to the trajectories of three Chinese contenders: Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, and the University of Hong Kong, which aim to be world-class institutions that can compete with the best the United States and Europe have to offer.”

Learn more about the book on the Harvard University Press website. 

Participation in this event is open to the public, but prior registration is required. Please email bhi@hbs.edu to register. A zoom link will be sent prior to the event.