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Randle W. Nelsen on “Degrees of Failure: University Education in Decline” Toronto

  • March 27th, 2018, 7:00pm–8:30pm
  • Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Beeton Hall (first floor), Toronto, ON, Canada (map)

Come to a free talk with Randle Nelsen!

In Degrees of Failure, Randle Nelsen brings together such diverse topics as campus parking, college sports, helicopter parents, edu-business as edu-tainment, and technology in teaching to show how continuing inequities, grounded in large part upon social class differences, are maintained and reproduced in our universities.

Paying special attention to the role played by professors in solidifying status-quo arrangements, Nelsen makes the strange familiar for those outside the university bureaucracy and the familiar strange for those whose participation in university settings is a routine part of everyday life.

“Nelsen’s analysis of what is wrong with twenty-first-century universities involves a sharp-eyed dissection of much that has become normal, taken for granted, in the routines and priorities of neoliberal higher education – from car parking to curriculum design. There is, though, optimism at the heart of this book—an optimism rooted in the conviction that another university is possible. The alternative entails a fundamentally different approach to knowledge, to learning, and to pedagogy. But this is not some fantasy—as Nelsen’s account demonstrates, it is already within our reach.” – John Yandell, Department of Culture, Communication and Media, University College London Institute of Education, and co-author of Rethinking Education: whose knowledge is it anyway?

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