Inside Higher Ed
January 9th, 2015
More than 20 years ago, the literary scholar Gerald Graff responded
to the culture wars by encouraging professors to "teach the conflict,"
and to infuse their courses and writings with the very subjects that
were being contested by pundits and other scholars.
He was cited here Thursday at a session on "critical university
studies" at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association. In
many ways, speakers here said, critical university studies is a next
generation of teaching the conflict. Jeffrey J. Williams, professor of
English and of literary and cultural studies at Carnegie Mellon
University, is generally credited with the term "critical university
studies," which is about to be solidified in a new book series by Johns
Hopkins University Press.