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University Dialogue: What Does Higher Education Need Next? 

April 24 @ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM CDT

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In an era of crisis in higher education we need fresh vision for what can be done to improve the lives and institutions at the heart of the education enterprise. Whether you work in higher education, attend a higher education institution, or are personally invested in the flourishing of our colleges and universities, we invite you to be part of the University Dialogue at Upper House. We will discuss together What does higher education need next? — a deceptively simple question that will be addressed by three experienced educators — Vincent Bacote (Wheaton College), Adam Nelson (UW-Madison), and Nadya Williams (Current magazine). They will provide brief remarks, and then we will engage in extended table conversations over a delicious dinner and dessert.


The goal of the University Dialogue is to bring together people of diverse disciplines, worldviews, and ethical, religious, or non-religious perspectives around an important topic, and to build cross-disciplinary bridges and shared understanding through respectful give-and-take. Our program will commence with a reception and appetizers at 5:30 PM, to be followed by our guest speakers’ reflections on our focal question. Our community table discussions over dinner will be followed by final facilitated speaker Q&A. Our evening will conclude around 8:30 PM, although guests are welcome to linger in conversation.


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$25/person (Use code UnivDia15)

$10/student (Use code UnivDiaStudent)


Vincent E. Bacote is Professor of Theology and Director of Wheaton College’s Center for Applied Christian Ethics in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of numerous books, including The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (Zondervan, 2015) and The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker, 2005). 



Adam R. Nelson is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His publications most recently include Exchange of Ideas: The Economy of Higher Education in Early America (2023) and Capital of Mind: The Idea of a Modern American University (2024), both from University of Chicago Press. 



Nadya Williams spent 15 years teaching Classics and Ancient History at secular state universities before walking away in summer 2023. She is the author of Cultural Christians in the Early Church (Zondervan Academic, 2023) and Mothers, Children, and the Body Politic: Ancient Christianity and the Recovery of Human Dignity (under contract, IVP Academic). She is Book Review Editor at Current, where she also editsThe Arenablog.



April 24
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
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