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University Studies: Envisioning the Institution

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This seminar gathers scholars from several disciplines to consider new approaches to the university as an incubator of groundbreaking research and a place of teaching. Seminar participants will study the challenges that face universities today and think productively, pragmatically, and constructively about how faculty might shape research projects in ways that will have a greater public impact, how faculty might take part in the life of the institution, and how better to understand the systems and structures on which university life has been built over the last century--and is being built today. What role do faculty, students, research institutes, and corporate firms have today in defining the mission of the university? What new models of the university as institution are emerging today and demand our consideration and evaluation?

 

Spring 2019

  • Wednesday, January 9
    "Governance and the University"
    Presenter: Beauvais Lyons
    Reading: Steven C. Bahls, Shared Governance in Times of Change: A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102, Melrose Hall
    3:30 am-5:00 pm

  • Wednesday, February 20
    "New Models for the University"
    Reading: Christopher Newfield, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and
    How We Can Fix Them (2016)
    Additional Reading:

    • Newfield, “Yes to the New Education, but What Kind?” PMLA 133.3 (2018): 686-93. (response to Cathy Davidson’s The New Education)
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102, Melrose Hall
    11:30 am-12:30 pm

    Note: Christopher Newfield will be speaking at UT at 3:30 pm on February 28, 2019 as part of the UT Humanities Center’s Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program and in conjunction with the University Studies Research Seminar.

  • Wednesday, April 3
    "The Land Grant University"
    Presenters: tbd
    Reading: Stephen M. Gavazzi and E. Gordon Gee, Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102, Melrose Hall
    11:30 am-12:30 pm

  • Wednesday, April 17
    "Media and the University"
    Visiting Speakers: John Marx (Professor of English, UC Davis) and Mark Cooper (Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of South Carolina)
    Reading:

    Hodges Library Room 605 (6th floor)
    11:30 am-12:30 pm

Fall 2018

  • Thursday, September 20
    Launch of seminar: Discussion of objectives, desired outcomes
    Readings:

    • Colleen Lye, Christopher Newfield, and James Vernon, “Humanists and the Public Library,” Representations, 116.1 (Fall 2011): 1-18.
    • George Lakoff, “The Brain, the Mind and the Threat to Public Universities,” Representations, 116.1 (Fall 2011): 185-88.
    • Christopher Newfield, “The Humanities As Service Departments: Facing the Budget Logic,” MLA Profession

    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102, Melrose Hall
    12:00-1:00 pm

  • Thursday, October 11
    Visiting Scholar Anne Mayhew
    Readings:

    • Anne Mayhew, “Veblen on Higher Education,” Ch. 8 in Thorstein Veblen and the Revival of Free Market Capitalism (2007)
    • Thorstein Veblen, The Higher Learning in America: The Annotated Edition, ed. Richard F. Teichgraeber III (Orig. 1918)
    • Alexander Meiklejohn, The Experimental College (1932)

    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102, Melrose Hall
    11:30 am-12:30 pm

  • Thursday, November 1
    Works in Progress: Lisi Schoenbach, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of English, “Who’s Afraid of Humanities Professors?”
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102, Melrose Hall
    11:30 am-12:30 pm

  • Thursday, November 15
    Reading:

    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102, Melrose Hall
    11:30-12:30 pm


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