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FRIDAY FORUM: On Neoliberalism, Higher Education, and ‘The Sociological Imagination’ with Prof. Nathan Rousseau

December 11, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Nathan Rousseau

The shift toward neoliberal principles is so pervasive that social scientists tend to think and speak in neoliberal terms. C. Wright Mills encouraged sociologists to cultivate a sociological awareness based on the interconnections of personal biography, social structure, and history. That advice seems more relevant than ever in the current era, characterized as it is by neoliberalism and the entrepreneurial university.

This presentation is based on Professor Rousseau’s article, published in SOCIAL CURRENTS 2020, Vol. 7(5): 395-401). Read the paper here.


Fri., Dec 11, 10:30 a.m. – Noon Eastern

NOTE: This is a virtual event (conducted via Zoom). To participate, email Dr. Frank Fear at fear@msu.edu.


Nathan Rousseau is an associate professor of sociology in the Division of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University, Columbus IN. Professor Rousseau earned his doctorate at the University of Oregon, and previously served as a professor of sociology at Jacksonville University (FL). There, he also served as a commissioner on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. At IUPUC, he has taught introduction to sociology, the sociology of education, sociological theory, personality and culture, and race and ethnicity. His books include Self, Symbols, and Society: Classic Readings in Social Psychology (2002), Society Explained: An Introduction to Sociology (2014), and the forthcoming, Race Against the Past: The State of Race Relations in an Emerging “Old South” City.  


Friday Forum Discussants 

Rubén O. Martinez is  professor of sociology and director of the Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University


Amy Jamison is co-director, Alliance for African Partnership, International Studies & Programs. Michigan State University


Friday Forum Host

Frank Fear, professor emeritus, Michigan State University


The Friday Forum focuses on issues associated with the transformation of higher education through the application of neoliberal logic and approaches.

Visit ‘FutureU’ to learn more about neoliberalism and higher education:

https://futureu.education/ and


December 11, 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Via Zoom
MI United States


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