Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will host a lecture by Isagani Cruz titled “Disciplines in the Time of Climate Change.” This event will be on Sept. 23, 2015, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at NGF Conference Room, 1/f De La Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.
Cruz’s abstract reads: “In the 2015 Presidents’ Summit convened by Philippine Business for Education and USAID, Sarah Stein Greenberg of Stanford University pointed out that “highly structured students enter an increasingly ambiguous world”; she asked (rhetorically) if majors are needed at all in higher education. As early as 1990, Brother Andrew Gonzalez FSC, then president of De La Salle University, unsuccessfully pushed for the abolition of academic departments. In 2008, the Commission on Higher Education started thinking of changing general education subjects from discipline-based to inter- / multi- / cross- / trans- disciplinary ones. The defining moment came on June 28, 2013, with the issuance of CHED Memorandum Order No. 20, series of 2013. Since a TRO was issued by the Supreme Court against this particular CMO, we cannot discuss the alleged removal of Filipino from the college curriculum. We can, nevertheless, talk in general about the role (if any) of disciplines in the 21st century university.”
Former Philippine Undersecretary of Education Isagani Cruz (PhD, University of Maryland) is the president of The Manila Times College and a Professor Emeritus of De La Salle University. He belongs to the Hall of Fame of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature and is one of the 2010 Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL). He was the Chair of the CHED Technical Panel on General Education. He was the Curriculum Consultant and the Senior High School Co-Chair of the K to 12 Steering Committee of DepEd, CHED, and TESDA. He writes for Philippine Star, Pilipino Mirror, and China Daily. He was a Henry Lee Irwin Chair Professor and part-time Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and the Department of English of Ateneo de Manila University.