Academic Forum

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Academic Forum



  • 26 Sep 201712:45

    All you need to know about… The social basis of conspiracy theories *
    The landing on the moon, 9/11 or the deep state. Hidden alliances could be everywhere according to obscure websites, distrustful politicians and many others. Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? (language: English) Read more

  • 27 Sep 201719:00

    Symposium: Radicalization *
    The recent terrorist attacks in Barcelona showed how seemingly innocent youngsters were radicalized, unnoticed in their community. The question arises why radicalization spreads so fast? Professors of social psychology and criminology, alongside a former member of a Syrian terrorist organization, will try to find an answer. (language: English) Read more

  • 12 Oct 201720:00

    Hartslagcafé: Nieuwe Democratie *
    How is democracy doing in the Netherlands and the rest of Western Europe? According to some, it is showing life-threatening cracks and heading towards total erosion. Is it time for a complete overhaul? Two philosophers debating the issue from opposite sides. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 17 Oct 201713:00

    Introducing the Netherlands - Regulating Euthanasia *
    Up till date, the Netherlands, with Belgium and Luxemburg, is one of the very few countries in the world that regulated euthanasia. Euthanasia is only permissible when the due criteria of the Dutch law on euthanasia are met. Professor of Law Maurice Adams will tell you more about the practice of regulating euthanasia in the Netherlands. (language: English) Read more

  • 31 Oct 201712:45

    All you need to know about… Ayn Rand and America *
    To understand the USA today you need to understand Ayn Rand, one of its most influential novelists and philosophers. Dr. Herman de Regt will focus on Rand’s background, her philosophy, and its meaning for American business and the American dream. (language: English) Read more

  • 09 Nov 201714:00

    Human Library: Meet your prejudice *
    Visit the Human Library in Tilburg on Wednesday November 8, 2017. Instead of a book, you can borrow a 'person' and hear their life story. There will be many different 'books' whom you can talk to, such as refugees, an orphan, a transsexual, people with a handicap or people who have a peculiar lifestyle. The Human Library aims to take away prejudices and stimulate social cohesion. (language: Dutch & English) Read more

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However, we also like to highlight the yearly Night University, on November 16th, 2017, with the theme ‘Back to the Future’: you can experience a preview with Night University On Tour during the Dear Future Festival (formerly: European Social Innovation Week) on September 23-29, 2017.


Academic Forum

Academic Forum organizes symposia, debates and small-scale exchanges focusing on scientific, social and ideological issues. The themes of these gatherings are related to four domains: 'Ethics of science', 'Reflection on life', 'Science & society' and 'Cultural diversity'. Exchanging knowledge, sharing perspectives, questioning and challenging each other, lead us to better and new knowledge. As a university with Understanding Society as its motto, the debate with staff, students and society is essential.

Furthermore, Academic Forum acts as a sparring partner and advisor, in particular where it concerns issues at the interface of values and science. Not only are we active on campus, we also promote the academic climate in the city and exploit knowledge and expertise in the region.



For an overview of the events in the past by Academic Forum, see Academic Flashback