SMU Gilbert Lecture Series
Can We Fix the ‘Great Mistake’? American Universities in 2050
Dr. Christopher Newfield
UC Santa Barbara
September 27, 2018
6:00 pm - Reception, 6:30 pm - Lecture
McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall 306
Abstract:Universities are great institutions--and also in serious trouble. We’ll look at the key error from which many problems have sprung, and then focus on emerging social trends. Where are these trends most likely to take universities in the future?
Bio: Christopher Newfield is the Professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches courses in Detective Fiction, contemporary U.S. literature, Innovation Theory, among other subjects. His most recent books are The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), 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). His current research, “Limits of the Numerical,” studies the effects of learning and research measurement on higher education. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. He blogs on higher education policy at Remaking the University, and has written for the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, WonkHE (UK), The Guardian’s Higher Education Network, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.