9781595584007

The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University

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    9781595584007

  • ISBN10:

    1595584005

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/14/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

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Summary

Schrecker, the leading historian of the McCarthy-era witch hunts, examines both the key fronts in the present battles over higher ed, and their historical parallels in previous eras – offering a deeply-researched chronicle of the challenges to academic freedom, set against the rapidly changing structure of the academy itself. The Lost Soul of Higher Education tells the interwoven stories of successive, well-funded ideological assaults on academic freedom by outside pressure groups aimed at undermining the legitimacy of scholarly study, viewed alongside decades of eroding higher education budgets -- a trend that has sharply accelerated during the recent economic downturn.

Author Biography

Ellen Schrecker is professor of history at Yeshiva University who has written extensively about the Cold War red scare. Among her books are No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities, The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents, Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America, and Cold War Triumphalism: The Abuse of History after the Fall of Communism. Schrecker is the former editor of the American Association of University Professors’ magazine, Academe.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction "Official Duties": Juan Hong and the Crisis of the Universityp. 1
"So Fragile and So Indispensable": What Is Academic Freedom and Why Should We Care About It?p. 9
Academic Freedom Under Attack: Subversives, Squeaky Wheels, and "Special Obligations"p. 35
"Part of the Struggle": Faculties Confront the 1960sp. 57
"A Long-Range and Difficult Project": The Backlash Against the 1960sp. 89
p. 123
"Tough Choices": The Changing Structure of Higher Educationp. 154
"Under Our Noses": Restructuring the Academic Professionp. 187
Epilogue "Everything Is on the Table": The Academy's Response to the Great Recessionp. 225
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 281
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