Sept. 24, 2007 -- Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Syracuse University, will speak on “Universities and Schools: Partners in a Diverse Democracy,” as the first speaker in the University of Virginia's "Forum on the Academy in the 21st Century” on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 2:30 p.m. in the Dome Room of the Rotunda.
The new series will explore current social and political issues that impact higher education. In this instance, Canton will discuss the university's work with the city of Syracuse, N.Y. to help revitalize local schools and its downtown area.
Since the earliest days of her chancellorship, Cantor has emphasized the importance of collaboration between Syracuse University and the city. For instance, the university has turned an old furniture warehouse into a home for the School of Architecture and has developed the Connective Corridor, a shuttle between the main campus and downtown.
“Chancellor Cantor will talk about the responsibilities of the academies to work with the local communities,” said William B. Harvey, U.Va.’s vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity.
Harvey said he hopes Cantor’s talk will spark discussions among faculty, administrators and students on the contributions that universities should make to their communities.
“The nature of academic life, while usually gratifying, can also be isolating,” said Harvey. “The structural design of colleges and universities often causes us to confine our professional interactions to a relatively small number of colleagues, most often those in our own discipline or field of specialization.”
This series, he said, is designed to encourage faculty members to think beyond their fields of study.
Prior to being named chancellor at Syracuse three years ago, Cantor was chancellor of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and former provost of the University of Michigan. A higher education leader, Cantor completed a term as chair of the Board of the American Council on Education. She is the only woman to serve as the chief executive officer of both a major public research university and a major private research university.
Cantor’s talk is sponsored by the Faculty Senate, the Office of the President and the Office for Diversity and Equity.
Cantor’s talk is free and open to the public. For information, call (434) 243-2185.