U-M 2117: What Future for the Public University?

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October 23, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Lecture by Christopher Newfield (University of California, Santa Barbara) with response from Terrence J. McDonald. Chaired by Dario Gaggio.

Christopher Newfield is professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Much of his research is in critical university studies, which links his enduring concern with humanities teaching to the study of how higher education continues to be re-shaped by industry and other economic forces. His most recent books on this subject are Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008), and Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke University Press, 2003). A new book on the post-2008 struggles of public universities to rebuild their social missions, called The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2016.

Terrence J. McDonald became the director of the Bentley Historical Library in 2013 after serving as dean of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts for ten years. He is also currently an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of history. The mission of the Bentley Historical Library is to collect the materials for and promote the study of the histories of the University of Michigan and the State of Michigan.

Dario Gaggio is professor history and associate chair in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. His research and teaching focuses on modern Europe, history and political economy, modern Italy, and environmental and agrarian history. He is the author of The Shaping of Tuscany: Landscape and Society between Tradition and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and In Gold We Trust: Social Capital and Economic Change in the Italian Jewelry Towns (Princeton University Press, 2007).

This LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester event is presented with support from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office. Additional support provided by the Department of History and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Autumn Wetli autumnnw@umich.edu
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