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Higher Ed is Awash with Money From Wealthy Politically-Inclined Donors. They Have An Agenda.

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Source: Institute of Southern Studies

Politically motivated philanthropy can influence who gets hired, who is awarded tenure/promoted, and what is taught/researched. Subject-matter priorities include promoting the primacy of free-market capitalism and safeguarding the ethic of American Exceptionalism. Recent efforts have focused on restricting teaching the legacy of racism in America, including rejecting Critical Race Theory as a legitimate framework for interpreting U.S. history.

Thankfully, academics across the country are responding to these pernicious activities. On Tuesday, July 13, 10:00a Eastern, FutureU is pleased to host two of those colleagues–Isaac Kamola, Trinity College (CT) and Bethany Letiecq, George Mason University (VA).

Isaac Kamola, Trinity College

Isaac Kamola’s recent article in Inside Higher EducationWhere Does the Bizarre Hysteria About CRT Come From? Follow the Money! has received nationwide acclaim. His teaching and research interest focus on the political economy of higher education, African anti-colonial theory, and critical globalization studies. Kamola’s new bookFree Speech and Koch Money: Manufacturing a Campus Culture War (with Ralph Wilson), examines how the Koch donor network funds the student groups, campus provocateurs, think tanks, litigation organizations, and the right-wing media outlets responsible for manufacturing the so-called ‘campus free speech crisis.’

Bethany Letiecq, George Mason University

Bethany Letiecq is a faculty activist at one of America’s most infiltrated universities. She serves on the GMU Faculty Senate and is president of the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). In her GMU-AAUP role, she partnered with student leaders and worked to expose undue donor influence at GMU, and she has also challenged the privatization of presidential searches and working conditions of contracted workers during COVID. Letiecq wrote about GMU and donor influence in George Mason University’s Donor Problem and the Fight for Transparency, which was published in AAUP’s Academe.

Frank Fear, prof emeritus, and Ruben Martinez, sociology professor, and director, The Julian Samora Research Institute, both of Michigan State University, will co-host the event.

The session will be held via ZOOM and broadcast live on FutureU’s channel on YouTube. You can participate in ‘the ZOOM Room’ by registering with Professor Fear at fear@msu.edu.


July 13
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Future U, Neoliberalism in Higher Education


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