Title: The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments
Author: Michael Bérubé & Jennifer Ruth
Hardcover: ISBN: 9781137506108, $85; Print on demand: ISBN: 9781137506115, $23; Ebook (EPUB): ISBN:9781137506139; Ebook (PDF): ISBN: 9781137506122. (Libraries – add to your ebook collection on Palgrave Connect)
Imprint: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
“This book is a … defense of contemporary work in the humanities, and, beyond that, of the university system that makes such work possible. The book’s stark accounts of academic labor, and its proposals for reform of the tenure system, are novel, controversial, and timely.
Very few people understand what has happened to the humanities, and to higher education more generally, over the past 40 years. In this book, Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth explain why it is worth paying attention to debates about such concepts as universalism and definitions of the human; more audaciously, they also explain why it is important that college professors should have the professional working conditions necessary for them to do their jobs. In a clear, compelling, and sometimes surprising narrative, Bérubé and Ruth show why the deprofessionalization of college teaching matters — and what can be done to reverse it.”
See also New Career Path? a post in Inside Higher ED that offers a fascinating discussion of The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.