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610 | The Great Mistake: Markets and Higher Education
610 | The Great Mistake: Markets and Higher Education
Sun, Nov 6 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Venue SIX10, Feinberg Theater
610 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60605
  • Members: $10
  • Public: $12
  • Students and Teachers: $5

In the past 40 years, higher education has been completely remade. Once viewed as a public good, our public state universities have seen massive funding reductions and increasingly corporate management of curriculum and hiring practices. Chris Newfield argues in his third and most ambitious book on higher education, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them, that market models have made public universities more expensive for students while lowering their educational value.

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Christopher Newfield is a 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. Newfield’s newest book, The Great Mistake, focuses on the post-2008 struggles of public universities to rebuild their social missions.

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