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A Campaign for the Public University and the Struggle against Savage Neoliberalism

As neoliberal discourse redefines the university in market terms, the mission of this long-standing institution and the role that it plays in contemporary society are being transformed. With privatizing ideologies justifying cuts to public spending on higher education and curricula changing to meet the demands of the market, the university is becoming an increasingly inaccessible and elite space in which corporate interests suppress critical pedagogies. Yet, many are not content to let the university slip into complicity with the same capitalist forces that are producing the growth in social inequality evident in places like Canada, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. An especially powerful element in this movement to reclaim higher education in the name of democracy is the Campaign for the Public University.




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@Home in Higher Education: An Interview with Melonie Fullick, Part 2

At the end of Part 1 of this interview, Melonie Fullick concluded that “university members need to be concerned about public discourse that involves them because it has real political effects. We need to participate, to intervene actively [despite] the messiness of public discourse.” In Part 2, Melonie shares further thoughts about the current state and future of the university.




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  Why Faculty Should Join Occupy Movement Protesters on College Campuses Henry Giroux poses the question, what can academics learn from the Occupy movement’s migration to college campuses? He argues that many academics have “lost touch” with the critical dialogue … Continue reading




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The University We Are For? There’s no denying that a violent and unforgiving justice system is on the rise in North America. We see it already further segregating populations, draining federal coffers, and locking countless people away for longer than … Continue reading




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Why We Should Resist the Idea of Student as Consumer Richard Scullion reflects on the demands being placed on higher education to make it “responsive to market drivers” (marketization). He argues that the process is shaping higher education on more … Continue reading




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Reflections on the Significance of the Public University: Interview with Christopher Newfield

McMaster University welcomed Christopher Newfield, a tireless advocate for the public university system in North America, as the inaugural lecturer for The Public Intellectuals Project@McMaster on November 21st, 2011. Newfield’s talk on “Rebuilding the University: From the Innovation Economy to … Continue reading




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The “Public University” as Response to Funding Cuts to UK’s Higher Education Simon Dawes discusses the policy measures that have led to rising tuition fees and the rapid defunding of “social-cultural-political subjects” in UK universities, along with the spread through … Continue reading




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Occupy Colleges Now: Students as the New Public Intellectuals Making clear that the police violence used against the Occupy protesters on University of California campuses was brutal and unjustifiable, Henry Giroux connects the goals of the Occupy movement to the … Continue reading




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Penn State Crisis: The Failure of the University Henry Giroux provides commentary on the scandal at Penn State University in terms of what is says about the corrupted managerial model of a university that has prioritized “protecting the wealth and … Continue reading




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