CST Colloquium: Christopher Newfield, "The End of the Public University - and the Beginning of the Next"

CST Colloquium: Christopher Newfield, “The End of the Public University – and the Beginning of the Next”


CST Colloquium: Christopher Newfield, “The End of the Public University – and the Beginning of the Next”

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: King Lounge, Memorial Union

Cultural Studies Colloquium:
Christopher Newfield, “The End of the Public University – and the Beginning of the Next”

History is replete with nations that declined because their leaders gradually undermined their own best institutions. The U.S. now appears to be doing this to its exemplary higher education system. The lecture will look at the contradictions within the American Funding Model for higher education, discuss two major symptoms – reduced affordability for students and impoverished social and cultural disciplines – and suggest how the decline of public higher ed can be reversed.

Christopher Newfield teaches American Studies in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research focuses on higher education history, funding, and policy, culture and innovation, and the relation between culture and economics. Recent articles have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Le Monde Diplomatique, La Revnue Internationale des Livres et des Ideés, Radikal (Turkey), Social Text, Critical Inquiry, and South Atlantic Quarterly. He is the author of The Emerson Effect: Individualism and Submission in America (University of Chicago Press, 1996), Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke University Press, 2003), and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008), chairs the Innovation Group at the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society, runs a blog on the current crisis in higher education, Rethinking the University, and is working on a book called Lower Education: What to do about our Downsized Future.

This event is sponsored by Cultural Studies, History, English, American Studies, Sociology, Art History, and Davis Humanities Institute.

For more information please contact: culturalstudies@ucdavis.edu

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