Davis Faculty Association

Chris Newfield Lecture May 6th at 3pm King Lounge MU

Chris Newfield is a Professor at UCSB. He is a former Chair of the UC
systemwide Planning and Budget Committee and he has been active in the
Council of UC FA’s. He is very knowledgeable about the University. I
have worked with him through CUCFA and have respect for his mastery of
the facts about UC and his commitment to public higher education. I
recommend that you consider attending his talk – it should be very


Christopher Newfield
Professor, English, UC Santa Barbara
“The End of the Public University‐‐and the Beginning of the Next”
Thursday, May 6, 2010
King Lounge, Memorial Union

History is replete with nations that declined because their leaders gradually undermined their own best institutions. The U.S. now appears to be doing this to its exemplary higher education system. The lecture will look at the contradictions within the American Funding Model for higher education, discuss two major symptoms ‐ reduced affordability for students and impoverished social and cultural disciplines ‐ and suggest how the decline of public higher ed can be reversed.

Christopher Newfield teaches American Studies in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research focuses on higher education history, funding, and policy, culture and innovation, and the relation between culture and economics. Recent articles have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Le Monde Diplomatique, La Revnue Internationale des Livres et des Ideés, Radikal (Turkey), Social Text, Critical Inquiry, and South Atlantic Quarterly, and include “Ending the Budget Wars: Funding the Humanities during a Crisis in Higher Education,” “Public Universities at Risk: 7 Damaging Myths,” “Science and Social Welfare,” “L’Université et la revanche des ‘élites’ aux États‐Unis,” “Why Public is Losing to Private in American Research,” and “Can American Studies Do Economics?” He is the author of The Emerson Effect: Individualism and Submission in America (University of Chicago Press, 1996), Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880‐1980 (Duke University Press, 2003), and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008), chairs the Innovation Group at the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society, runs a blog on the current crisis in higher education, Rethinking the University, and is working on a book called Lower Education: What to do about our Downsized Future.

Cultural Studies Graduate Group Spring 2010 Colloquium Series

Co‐sponsors: American Studies; Art History; Center for History, Society, and Culture; Consortium for Women and Research; Davis Humanities Institute; English; History.

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