Academic Forum

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Academic Forum



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  • 25 Sep 201813:00

    Introducing the Netherlands: Patriotism *
    The love of one’s homeland is a complicated affair, involving a delicate balance between the love of a particular part of humanity and the love of the whole of humanity. It therefore demands both wholehearted commitment and critical thinking. To what extent does Dutch patriotism meet these requirements? How does the Netherlands compare with other countries in this regard? (language: English) Read more

  • 27 Sep 201820:00

    Hartslagcafé: Importance of borders for an open European society *
    Paul Scheffer, Professor of European Studies, argues why an open society cannot function without borders. How do we look at migration, protectionism, and terrorism when we are discussing freedom? With Harald Benink, Professor of Finance and Banking, responding to Scheffer’s position (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 04 Oct 201818:30

    Night University 2018 - Science Zoo
    Night University is the exciting themed festival on the campus of Tilburg University. During this fun event the university brings science and society together. On Thursday, October 4th (World Animal Day), our doors are going to be opened wide and we are inviting everybody to come to Tilburg University’s Science Zoo. Read more

  • 25 Oct 201816:30

    All you need to know about… the hidden messages in Tintin *
    Are you curious about the deeper layers in the Tintin comic albums? Sociologist and theologian Kees de Groot will tell you all about them. Illustrating his point using numerous examples from the comic strip, he will show that you always need to read twice to understand comic strips! (language: English) Read more

  • 28 Nov 201816:30

    All you need to know about… Kant & Michael Douglas's self-pity *
    It appears that when you act based on of bad information, you can be morally excused. Does that mean we never have to take responsibility for our actions because at some level we are always victims too? With a look at the movie Falling Down, philosopher prof. Wim Dubbink calls upon Immanuel Kant for insight. (language: English) Read more

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. Read more >>

Zwijsen Building

Never a peaceful moment? Visit the Zwijsen Building! This building offers space for contemplation and reflection for students and staff on Tilburg University campus! Opening hours are from 09:00 till 22:30 on every workday, and during weekends from 09:00 till 17:00. Read more >>