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Published on May 1, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014 Christopher Newfield (English, UC-Santa Barbara) Book cover: Unmaking the Public University The Humanities in the Post-Capitalist University 3:30 pm Curtin 175
The humanities disciplines have been asked to defend their value yet again, and various projects have risen to the task. Many of these defenses take the form of showing that the humanities have positive economic impacts.
In this talk, Christopher Newfield argues that these defenses are futile and misguided, in large part because they are claiming to have adapted to a capitalist economy in the very moment in which it has reached a historical limit. This talk first discusses the arguments that favor the end of the current model of industrial innovation towards which the "practical" humanities is oriented. It then identifies elements of past and current humanities practice that will address the needs of the emerging, more sustainable, post-Western-capitalist society.
Brown bag lunch with Christopher Newfield Thursday, April 24 12 noon, Curtin 939 Reading: Christopher Newfield, "Where Are the Savings?" [on Udacity-Georgia Tech MOOCs], Inside Higher Ed, June 21, 2013.
Christopher Newfield teaches American Studies in the English Department at UC-Santa Barbara. His books include Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke, 2003), and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard, 2008), and he is the author of recent articles on solar energy policy and collaboration in nanoscience. He blogs on higher education funding and policy at the blog Remaking the University, as well as The Huffington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His current book project is titled "Lower Education: What to do about our Downsized Future."