Keynote Speakers

October 21 – Matthew J. Mayhew

Does College Affect Students? The Evidence May Surprise You.

Dr. Matt Mayhew will provide an in-depth look at empirical discoveries based on the most recent version How College Affects Students. In so doing, he will highlight results that may surprise institutional researchers, hopefully equipping them with the information needed to inform excellent, inclusive, and responsible practice.


Matthew J. Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration with a focus on Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. He received his BA from Wheaton College, Illinois; his master’s degree from Brandeis University; and his PhD from the University of Michigan. Before coming to OSU, he served as an associate professor at New York University and an administrator at Fisher College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

He has focused his research on examining the relationship between college and its influence on student learning and democratic outcomes. To support the study of college and its impact on student development and learning, he has been awarded over $17 million dollars in funding from sources including the United States Department of Education; the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; the Merrifield Family Trust; and an anonymous non-religiously affiliated organization with interests in social cooperation. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development. He recently received the American Educational Research Association Religion and Education SIG Emerging Scholar Award.

October 22 – Ollivier Dyens

Challenges for a 21st century university: Thinking beyond the acknowledged, the comfortable and the recognized

Big Data, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, CRISPR, the growth of cities, super surveillance, etc., the transformative power of technology is so overwhelming that we now face enormous shifts in our understanding of the world.

How will we, side by side with machines, build a world that will reflect our values ​​and help us solve the immense challenges of the 21st century with compassion, and human dignity?

How will we, side by side with machines, provide current and future generations with a higher education system multifaceted, creative, flexible and beautiful enough to tackle this expanding technological revolution?

What does it mean to be a university in the 21st century?


Ollivier Dyens is Founder and co-Director of Building 21, an open lab dedicated to rethinking higher education in the 21st century. From 2013-2018, he was Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) at McGill University where he is currently Full Professor in the Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création.

Ollivier Dyens is the author of twelve books including La Condition inhumaine, published by les Éditions Flammarion in Paris, and Metal and Flesh: The Evolution of Man, Technology Takes Over, published by MIT Press. Among his other publications are, Les murs des planètes, suivi de la cathédrale aveugle (VLB Éditeur), short listed for the Revue Estuaire/Terrasses St-Denis prize for Poetry, Continent X, Vertige du Nouvel Occident (VLB Éditeur), long listed for the prix Roberval, and The Profane Earth (Mansfield Press), long listed for the ReLit Award. He has lectured in Europe, the United States and Canada. He was guest speaker at the Parson School of Design, at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, at the Maryland Institute College of Art, at the Centre Européen de Technoculture, at Ars Electronia, at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, etc. His digital artwork has been exhibited in Brazil, Canada, France, Venezuela, Germany, Argentina and the United States.

His twelfth book, Virus, Parasites et Ordinateurs was published by the Presses de l’Université de Montréal in 2015 is available for free online.

In September 2019, his new book La terreur et le sublime. Humaniser l’intelligence artificielle pour construire un nouveau monde, will be published by les éditions XYZ

Ollivier Dyens also sat on the board of Québec’s Conseil supérieur de l’éducation from 2011 to 2015.
Ollivier Dyens, PhD
Founder Building 21
Full Professor
Départment de langue et littératures françaises
McGill University