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

Christopher Newfield, Terrence McDonald

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Lecture by Christopher Newfield (University of California, Santa Barbara) with response from Terrence J. McDonald (University of Michigan). Chaired by Dario Gaggio (University of Michigan).

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. He also writes about American intellectual and social history (The Emerson Effect, University of Chicago Press), and has co-edited Mapping Multiculturalism (University of Minnesota Press) with Avery F. Gordon. He blogs on higher education policy at Remaking the University, and writes for the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He teaches courses in
Detective Fiction, Noir California, Contemporary U.S. Literature, Innovation Theory, and English Majoring After College.

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. He joined the university faculty after receiving his PhD in American history from Stanford University. 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. To encourage undergraduate students to use the university archives at the Bentley, he has been teaching a course on the history of the university annually for the past three years.

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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Map Hatcher Graduate Library - Gallery (Room 100)

October 2017

4:00pm - 6:00pm

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