Designing the Future of Higher Education: Christopher Newfield

April 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Iowa City Public Library, Room A

The yearlong Obermann series wraps up April 28, 2014, with a visit from Christopher Newfield, Professor of American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, one of the most lucid and influential voices in current national and international debates on the costs and responsibilities of higher education.

Newfield's books include Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke, 2003), and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard, 2008). He is the author of recent articles on solar energy policy and collaboration in nanoscience. In addition, Newfield blogs on higher education funding and policy at Remaking the University (, the Huffington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, and is completing a book called Lower Education: What to Do about Our Downsized Future.

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