Academic Forum

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In discussion with the city

The Heartbeat Café (in Dutch: Hartslagcafé) is a platform for multidisciplinary analysis and discussion. At the heart of the city and on the boards of the Paradox music stage, leading thinkers and academics speak about social themes that are characteristic of our times. Subsequently they enter into a discussion with each other and with the audience, which consists of socially engaged city dwellers and students.

Earlier editions

Some examples of recent themes addressed at the Heartbeat Café are Europe, the staggering economy, citizens and public administration, integration, populism, 9/11, jazz, cynicism and youth culture. Guests have included Tom ter Bogt, Arnoud Boot, Frank Bosman, Paul Brill, Gabriël van den Brink, Ewald Engelen, Pieter Hilhorst, Jan-Willem Holtslag, Walter van de Leur, Ruth Oldenziel, Maerten Prins, Maarten van Rossem, Jan-Jaap de Ruiter, Paul Scheffer, Frits Spangenberg, Naema Tahir, Martin van Tuijl, Ad Verbrugge, Dirk Verhofstadt and Willem Witteveen.

Collaboration with students Academic Forum likes to collaborate with study associations and is always on the lookout for enthusiastic students who want to help select themes and speakers for the Heartbeat Café. Alternatively, students can make their mark as columnists. To this end, students can contact Has Klerx.