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October 2019

FRIDAY FORUM: “Higher Ed, Between Populist Resentment and Elite Capture,” with Dr. Brendan Cantwell

October 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
61 Kellogg Center, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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Higher education is a target of anti-elite resentment for right-wing populists and is identified by progressives as a steeply stratified social system that reproduces inequality. Can higher education establish a public purpose that effectively confronts these challenges? Participate in person or connect through Zoom at https://msu.zoom.us/j/794353812?status=success Sponsored by FutureU. Learn more at https://futureu.education/ https://twitter.com/NeoliberalHE   Dr. Brendan Cantwell, author (most recently) of "Unequal Higher Education: Wealth, Status, and Student Opportunity," Rutgers University, May 2019 Brendan Cantwell is an associate professor and coordinator of the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University. His research interest is in the…

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November 2019

CFP–Prospecting: Extraction, Speculation, and Liberation in the Accelerated Academy (Accelerated Academy 7)

November 22 - November 23
“Flex Space,” 2nd Floor MSU Library, 366 W Circle Dr.
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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In theory, the academy is an institution of research and learning intended to advance human knowledge and educate citizens. In practice, however, the academy appears evermore as a site of prospecting, or a source of raw material for aggressive forms of neoliberal mining and extraction. Through various speculative and extractive behaviors, academic practice is increasingly managed and shaped by internal and external forces as a means of “optimizing” academic activities and making them more efficient in order to cut costs and maximize revenue. As is well documented in the growing literature of critical university studies, this prospecting is manifest in…

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