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The Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent and influential guest speakers to Cardiff University and a wider audience to showcase their work.

The series has the specific objective of contributing to the establishment and consolidation of Cardiff's international reputation for academic impact.

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Professor Michael Burawoy

Professor Michael Burawoy - University of California, Berkeley

Universities in Crisis

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Universities in Crisis, delivered by Professor Michael Burawoy of the University of California, Berkeley explored how universities around the world are subject to intensified regulation and marketisation. Professor Burawoy suggested that because of this the professional and policy dimensions are emphasised by universities at the expense of the critical and public dimensions. He argued that the golden age of university autonomy is over and institutions must move forward and reinvent their public mission.

Professor Burawoy is a leading proponent of public sociology, a renowned author, and a close observer of industrial workplaces in countries around the world including Russia, Zambia, the United States, and Hungary. Most recently, he has turned to the study of his own workplace the university to consider the way social science itself is produced and then disseminated to diverse publics.