Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Now Available Vol 107(2) of the AAUP's Academe Magazine and its Vision for an Academic "New Deal"



Spring 2021 | Vol. 107, No. 2

Times of crisis always seem to bring out that fundamental and powerful human response of looking back toward a golden age, whose re-establishment in contemporary form is thought to be essential for successfully overcoming crisis. The darker the present, the more powerful the urge to look to the past for the ideal that the future is tasked to recapture.

Al societies appear to have a golden age somewhere in their cultural back pocket--and sometimes elements of society, important social actors, have very specific eddies of "gold" that they can mine within these rapidly receding times that look better and better as they move farther and farther from out experiences. 

So it is with the world of the American academic community.  In the face of a crisis, and the likley end of a century of more of less stable ideals of university education, a crisis with respect to which  there is more than enough complicity to go around involving all of the academy's major stakeholders, even the complicit can look back and seek to replicate in modern form the essence of a past age which in retrospect now looks so appealing. 

To that end, the American academy has sought solace in the Great Depression, and in the transformative changes that occurred then (judged in the rear view mirror of time of course) --now transposed in ways that are acceptable to modern sensibilities, to the contemporary age and its contemporary problems.   Thus Academe's marvelously valuable Vol. 107(2).  Whether or not one is open to the vision that its many essays develop, the volume itself serves as an extraordinary testimony not just to the times, but also to the passing of an age.  And it is in the shadow of the hope that these essays advance, that one might see the darker forms of what actually lies ahead for the American academy. Links to the articles follow below.



Academe coverThe spring 2021 issue of Academe builds on the campaign for a New Deal for Higher Education launched earlier this year by the AAUP, the American Federation of Teachers, and other allies. Contributors to the issue respond to the crisis now confronting higher education, calling for bold action to reinvest in colleges and universities; to reemphasize the core priorities of teaching, research, and learning; to advance racial and gender justice in the academy; and to forgive student debt and make college education an affordable path for all people. Eileen Boris, the Hull Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Annelise Orleck, professor of history at Dartmouth College and founding copresident of the Dartmouth AAUP chapter, served as guest editors of this special issue of the magazine.

Follow the links in the table of contents below or download a PDF of the entire issue at https://www.aaup.org/issue/spring-2021 using your member log-in information.

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Bold Action for Higher Education
What it will take to move a New Deal for Higher Education forward.
By Irene Mulvey

It Is Time to Invest in Colleges and Universities
Reinventing the US system of higher education.
By Randi Weingarten

Imagining a New Deal for Higher Education
A vision for a more equitable and sustainable future.
By Lisa Levenstein and Jennifer Mittelstadt

Restoring the People’s Universities 
CUNY, the CSU, and the promise of socially transformative education.
By Alejandra Marchevsky and Jeanne Theoharis

Challenges and Possibilities at HBCUs after the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Reinvesting in vital institutions.
By Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Kimberly M. Jackson

Bringing Abolition to the Ivory Tower 
The fight to reimagine campus safety.
By Terri Smith and Adom Getachew

Graduate Student Workers on the Rise
A forum on graduate student organizing and the future of academic labor.
By Justine Modica, Mae Saslaw, John Klecker, Alex Miller, Surabhi Balachander, Jeremy Glover, and Glenn Houlihan

Reclaiming Paul Robeson in the Time of COVID-19
Solidarity and the Coalition of Rutgers Unions.
By Donna Murch and Todd Wolfson

A New Deal for College Teachers and Teaching
Faculty equity = student success.
By Mia McIver and Trevor Griffey

Budget Justice
Addressing the structural racism of higher education funding.
By Christopher Newfield

The Miseducation of the Indebted Student
An educational argument for full student debt abolition.
By Jason Thomas Wozniak

Remarks on the Launch of the New Deal for Higher Education Campaign
By Representative Ayanna Pressley

Data Snapshot: Whom Does Campus Reform Target and What Are the Effects?
An influential conservative website’s strategic coverage and its impact.
By Hans-Joerg Tiede, Samantha McCarthy, Isaac Kamola, and Alyson K. Spurgas


Fighting for a College’s Survival 
Henry Reichman reviews Free City! by Marcy Rein, Mickey Ellinger, and Vicki Legion. 

Understanding Chinese Students on US Campuses
Siqi Tu reviews Ambitious and Anxious by Yingyi Ma.

Hope, Resistance, and Transforming Higher Education 
Charles H. F. Davis III reviews Campus Uprisings, ed. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas, Kmt G. Shockley, and Ivory Toldson.

Governance Boards and the Cost of Attending Public Colleges and Universities
Robert C. Lowry reviews Runaway College Costs by James V. Koch and Richard J. Cebula.


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