Tag Archives: corporatism

SGA victory against Chick-Fil-A

In an inspring turn the evening before today’s walkout and teach-in, the Student Government Association has passed a resolution against Chick-fil-A’s presence on campus. The fried chicken conglomerate, as many of us learned this fall, has funneled millions of dollars to organizations opposing gay marriage and LGBT equality.

The SGA resolution doesn’t impel the administration or Sodexo to take action, but it does send a strong message of unity, a message of support for LGBT students, workers, and faculty, and a reminder that corporate interests do not define Emory.

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A neuroscientist explains (why we need the liberal arts)

Katherine Bryant, PhD candidate in neuroscience, has allowed us to reprint her speech from today’s rally. We think it sums up a lot of the big issues pretty damn well. It was also an important reminder of why the sciences and the humanities shouldn’t be pitted against one another by market-driven interests. We need all kinds of knowledge and methods to be socially responsible, self-critical and, well, interesting.



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Recommended reading: The Fall of the Faculty

Benjamin Ginsberg, The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters (Oxford, 2011)

Ginsberg, a Johns Hopkins political scientist, argues: “In the past decade, universities have added layers of administrators and staffers to their payrolls every year even while laying off full-time faculty in increasing numbers–ostensibly because of budget cuts. In a further irony, many of the newly minted–and non-academic–administrators are career managers who downplay the importance of teaching and research, as evidenced by their tireless advocacy for a banal “life skills” curriculum…. Ginsberg also reveals how the legitimate grievances of minority groups and liberal activists, which were traditionally championed by faculty members, have, in the hands of administrators, been reduced to chess pieces in a game of power politics.”

You can read some excerpts in The Chronicle and at WBUR (NPR Boston) and The Scientist.


Emory has joined Coursera

From The Wall Street Journal: Emory and 17 other universities have signed a deal with Coursera, a for-profit company that provides an online platform for college courses. Anyone can enroll in a so-called Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), but whether colleges will grant credit for them is still an open question.

This move isn’t directly related to Emory’s restructuring, but it does raise questions about the many permutations of digital scholarship, not to mention the profit motive that looms over the way we discuss education and access in general. From the WSJ:

Although the company has no firm deadline for turning a profit, Coursera is weighing options, including charging for certificates or selling student data to recruiters, said co-founder Andrew Ng.

Tressie MC, a PhD student in sociology who has written extensively on the for-profit college industry, writes:

I’d like to be excited about transformation that connects universities with actual people in their actual communities. I’d like to see Emory U learning centers in Edgewood, Kirkwood, Downtown community centers. I’d like to see us producing the kind of community-minded educational leaders who will imagine a transformation of education that isn’t predicated on expensive tablets, high speed wireless access, or social capital. [Full post]

Edit to add: And now there’s this:

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From Literary Architectures: Emory “dumps” graduate departments. Another astute post on what the loss of humanistic methods implies for education at large (hint: nothing good).

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Dean Forman Explains, Our Intrepid Tweeters Keep Pace

Read some of the highlights from Twitter here: the evening’s progress…and some of the overarching themes.

Now pardon our editor as she pours herself a glass of red wine and mournfully rereads Derrida’s “The University Without Condition.”

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