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“Toward a More Generous University,” with Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick

February 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick

One of the ways that we know we are embedded in a neoliberal institution is the extent to which we operate under a mandate, as Chris Newfield has noted, to “compete all the time.”

This competition – for positions, for resources, for time, for acclaim – structures all of the ways that we work on campus, to our detriment.

What might be possible for us collectively – as an institution, as a field, as a profession – if we were to refuse competition and instead take collaboration, community, and even solidarity as our guiding principles?

What would need to change in our institutions to make such a transformation possible?

This talk will explore the challenges involved in building a more generous university, as well as the potentials it presents for broad cultural transformation.


Professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick is an American scholar of digital humanities and media studies. She is currently the Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University and has previously served as an Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, Visiting Research Professor of English at New York University, co-editor of MediaCommons, and managing editor of Publications of the Modern Language Association. She was a Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College from 1998 to 2013 (Read more at Wikipedia.com)


The Friday Forum provides a venue for MSU faculty, staff, students and administrators to discuss the transformation of public higher ed through the imposition of market logic and relations.

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Zoom Link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/793278995

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February 14
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Future U, Neoliberalism in Higher Education


61 Kellogg Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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