In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, and in acknowledgement of the changes wrought to all our lives by the COVID-19 pandemic, the binational Fulbright Commissions of Israel and of Germany will host a virtual discussion, “Knowledge Between the Physical Place and the Virtual Space” examining how institutions of knowledge are to remain relevant and how should they deal with the challenges related to the production of knowledge and the management of knowledge in a hybrid environment of space and place.
The past year has accelerated discussions on how we should manage knowledge in the future. The transition from the physical place, the institutions that manage and transfer knowledge, to the virtual space and network, touches on basic categories that organize human experience: space and time. Sociologists and philosophers have been dealing with questions related to time and space for many years and how changes in these perceptions also change the cognitive maps of society and the individual. The purpose of this discussion is to understand and imagine how knowledge will be managed in the various disciplines in the future when we are forced to share virtual and physical spaces in teaching and in research and in making knowledge accessible to different populations.
The panel features alumni of the Israel and Germany Fulbright Programs.
Greetings: Elizabeth K. Horst US Board Chair, Fulbright Germany Shira Ruderman Board Chair, Fulbright Israel
Opening remarks: Mary Kirk Director, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Panel 1 | Production and Management of Academic Knowledge
Moderator: Dr. Naomi Beck VP for Strategy and International Affairs at the Council for Higher Education in Israel, Israel
Panelists: Professor Ron Robin President, University of Haifa, Israel
Dr. Enno Aufderheide Secretary General, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
Professor Laurie L. Patton President, Middlebury College, USA
Video Message: Mika Bak Advisor on Pedagogical Subjects, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Education
Panel 2 | The Power of Knowledge Curation and Communication
Moderator: Dr. Jeanne Rubner Head of the science and education desk at the German Public Broadcasting in Munich
Panelists: Dr. Nike Thurn Research Associate and Chief Editor of the Historical Judgment Magazine, German Historical Museum (DHM), Germany
Micah Vandegrift Open Knowledge Librarian, North Carolina State University Libraries, USA
Dr. Uri Hollander Deputy Director, The Ralli Museums; Artistic Director, Metulla Poetry Festival; Director, The Artist Residence Herzliya, Israel
Video Message: Nadja Yang Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, UK and President of the European Young Engineers