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Christopher Newfield

Christopher Newfield, a professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present a public lecture, “Have We Wrecked Public Universities? If So, How Do We Fix Them?” on February 13. His research in critical university studies links his concern with humanities teaching to the study of how higher education continues to be re-shaped by industry and other economic forces.

Newfield is the Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

He will speak about his new book on the post-2008 struggles of public universities to rebuild their social missions, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them. He also authored Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class and Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980.

Newfield also writes about the American intellectual and social history. He blogs on higher education policy and writes for the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The UH Bookstore will have books available for purchase at the signing.

Event details

  • Date: Monday, February 13
  • Time: Book signing and reception at 5 p.m. and lecture at 6 p.m.
  • Location: UH Mānoa Art Building Bamboo Courtyard and Art Auditorium

Other Newfield events

“Governance, Academic Freedom, and Student Rights in the Trump Administration: Notes of a Public-Good University” lecture on February 15, 12–1:15 p.m., at East-West Center’s Burn’s Hall 4005/4009, followed by a master class from 1:30–3 p.m. Reservations are available online.

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