Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair presents Feb. 13 lecture on topic of 'wrecked' public universities

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Karin Mackenzie, (808) 956-4051
Education Specialist, Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Arts and Sciences Community Relations
Posted: Feb 6, 2017

Christopher Newfield
Christopher Newfield

The Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair in the UH Manoa Colleges of Arts & Sciences presents a free book signing/reception and public lecture by Christopher Newfield on the topic, “Have We Wrecked Public Universities? If So, How Do We Fix Them?” on Monday, February 13, 2017, at the Art Auditorium. The book signing and reception will begin at 5 p.m., with the public lecture to start at 6 p.m.

Newfield will speak about his new book, about the post-2008 struggles of public universities to rebuild their social missions, titled The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them.

Newfield is a professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  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.

His other books on this subject are 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. He also writes about 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.

Related Events:
“Governance, Academic Freedom, and Student Rights in the Trump Administration: Notes of a Public-Good University” lecture on Wednesday, February 15, 12 noon to 1:15 p.m., at East-West Center’s Burn’s Hall 4005/4009, followed by a master class from 1:30 to 3 p.m. To reserve a seat for the master class, go to: https://chrisnewfield.eventbrite.com

These events are made possible by the late Dr. Dai Ho Chun through his estate gift, which established The Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair Endowment in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Chun was a distinguished and visionary educator.  The colleges of Arts and Humanities and Languages, Linguistics & Literature, and the International Cultural Studies Certificate Program have also helped to sponsor these events.