Ethics, Politics and Economics in the 21st Century University

Please join us for a stimulating discussion about the future of the research university moderated by CET Faculty Fellow Jack Halberstam.

Wednesday - April 24, 2013

MOOCs, flipped classrooms, the rise of professional schools, the decline of the disciplines: all of these developments and more centralized administrations change a university and necessitate a rethinking of teaching, learning, classrooms, the age-old relations between students and professors, and even knowledge itself. At CET we address the nuts and bolts of teaching, brainstorm about engaging students, train TAs, and promote the role of teaching in a research institution. We must also consider the future of knowledge itself in a rapidly changing institution. At a time when big banks and government-backed corporations are turning the pursuit of wealth into an unregulated sport, what is the role of the university in either producing professionals for the financial sector or producing critical thinking on the relations between capital and politics? How do new technologies affect not only how we learn but what we learn on the critical edge of university inquiry? What happens to critical thinking if students are cast as "clients," the university offers "services," and unpopular knowledge forms are undercut by edutainment? What are the ethics, politics, and economics of the new university? What should be the relations between and among professors, students, administrators, donors, media representatives, businesses, and communities?

Join in a CET-led discussion about who we were, who we are, and who we are at risk of becoming in an era of corporate education.

You may wish to read one of the books listed below or link to the shorter pieces at the bottom. But you are welcome to attend even if . . .