Friday, January 9, 2015

Critical University Studies

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.

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