The Global and the Local: Constructing a Distinctive Role for Universities in Shaping the Future

LW Chapters and other contributions, Missions & Responsibilities

David W. Leebron

We are meeting on the eve of your colloquium, which is why — when I was kindly asked to kick-start our discussion this evening — I thought it would be constructive to take a step back and begin with more of a bird’s-eye view. Specifically, I would like to start by talk-ing about the state of the world as seen from the vantage point of the United Nations; to trace the evolution of how we arrived at the present moment; what it teaches us about what we need to do next; and, most importantly, to connect it all with the role, responsibility and promise of universities.