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James H. Mittelman - Implausible Dream: The World-Class University and Repurposing Higher Education — in conversation with Clarence Lusane

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm

The goal of many universities today is to become world-class institutions. This seems reasonable enough at first glance, but in his detailed analysis of higher education in the globalized world, Mittelman shows that this is in most cases an untenable aspiration. Analyzing the experiences of schools in the U.S., Finland, and Uganda, Mittelman traces how the market-model became the norm and argues that it diverts higher education from its crucial work of cultivating democratic citizenship, fostering critical thinking, and safeguarding academic freedom. While a few wealthy research universities may be able to achieve the world-class dream without sacrificing academic values, Mittelman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence and University Professor Emeritus at American University’s School of International Service, proposes alternative ways forward for the majority of academic institutions.

Mittelman will be in conversation with Clarence Lusane, chair of the Department of Political Science at Howard University and author of The Black History of the White House.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
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Non Fiction
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$39.50
ISBN: 9780691165189
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 31st, 2017

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