James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture
Why You Should Listen:
Christopher Newfield says America is undergoing an educational crisis: for the first time in our history, we are graduating a generation that is less well educated than the one that preceded it, and he points to the dissolution of an essential American dream — equal access to a college education — caused, he argues by a conservative strategy to end public education’s democratizing influence on American society. He tells the story of a hopeful America emerging from the post-war boom in college access, then traces the gradual emergence of an anti-egalitarian “corporate university,” and will discuss its detrimental impact on racial policies.
Assemble. Listen. Learn.
The Assembly Series, Washington University’s signature lecture series, enjoys a long and rich tradition. For most of its 62-year history, its programs were held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in Graham Chapel, and no classes were scheduled so the entire campus community could assemble.
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