Something Wicked This Way Comes: How to Save the University


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Something Wicked This Way Comes: How to Save the University
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Rehumanizing the University: New Perspectives on the Liberal Arts
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Nelson, Cary
Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL


Something Wicked This Way Comes: How to Save the University by Cary Nelson, Prof. Cary Nelson, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; 12 September 2011, 7:30 pm, Smathers Library 1A, University of Florida .The assaults on higher education during the last year – from humanities department closures to efforts to eliminate collective bargaining rights – have exceeded anything we have encountered for decades. In many ways they represent not only coordinated political strategies but also national and international trends. This talk examines how, if faculty and students unite in solidarity, these destructive forces can be countered and defeated.
Cary Nelson received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and since 1970 has taught modern poetry and literary theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English. He was active in the effort to unionize the Champaign-Urbana faculty in the 1970s and in the drive to recognize a graduate employee union twenty years later. For the last ten years he has served on the National Council of the American Association of University Professors; in 2006 he took office as the AAUP’s President, being reelected in 2008. He coauthored the Association’s Redbook statements on graduate students and on academic professionals. His twenty-five authored or edited books include The Incarnate Word: Literature as Verbal Space (1973), Our Last First Poets: Vision and History in Contemporary American Poetry (1981), Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture (1987), Cultural Studies (1992), Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities (1994), Will Work for Food: Academic Labor in Crisis (1997), Academic Keywords: A Devil’s Dictionary for Higher Education (1999), Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left (2001), Office Hours : Activism and Change in the Academy (2004), and No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom (2010). He is the author of over 100 essays, including a number published in Academe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education.
Organized by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and co-sponsored by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), the Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Program, the UF Honors Program, the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish History at UF, the UF International Center, the UF Office of Research, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the UF Center for Jewish Studies, the UF Libraries, the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, the UF France-Florida Research Institute, the Hyatt and Cici Brown Endowment for Florida Archaeology, the UF Department of History, the UF African American Studies Program, the UF Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, UF College of Design, Construction and Planning, and the Alachua County Library District.

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