Universities have disinvested from their presses just as much as their humanities departments and libraries. Will working together stop it?
If you want to support readers, the best hope will always be helping do away with economic compulsion and the division of labor.
“It’s not about the land underneath campuses. It’s land at a distance, that can be sold or managed to raise funds for endowments.”
“As a historian and educator of college students, my experience teaching on US imperialism is one of disappointment.”
“You fall short and then you wonder, 'what could I do differently next time that gets us a little bit closer?' I love that process.”
Some wager that the end is not inevitable: that universities can reassert their centrality to the American liberal democratic project.
Institutions separate complainers from one another and from their own support networks. But what if we complained as a collective?
A “regional” humanities abandons academia’s tepid globalism, and confronts local oppressions like prisons, schools, housing, and the police.
The university has been changing, to be sure. But has the proportion of students who want to devote themselves to acts of humanistic creativity?
In the contemporary United States, higher education does more to exaggerate than relieve class and cultural divisions.
Since all data can now be used for immigration enforcement, universities cannot assume that collecting data on their students is safe.