AAUP President Cary Nelson to Talk on Future of Liberal Arts

Oct 21st, 2008

By the Nonstop Communications Team.

October 20, Yellow Springs, Ohio- On Friday October 24, at 7 p.m., at the Methodist Church in Yellow Springs, president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cary Nelson, will speak on Globalization and the Future of the Liberal Arts.

Nelson’s recent research includes the study of negative effects of globalization on liberal arts education in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. Among other themes, he explores the pressures imposed on academia by a growing trend toward professionalization in higher ed and poses the question, ‘What happens to higher education when neoliberal and managerial ideology become not only ruthless but also unscrupulous?’.

An Antioch College alumnus, Nelson has been known as a reformer and higher education activist for four decades, advocating for democratic governance principles and free-thinkership within the academy.

In a transition described by colleague Michael Bérubé as a “Ginsbergian wild man” becoming an “organization man,” Nelson was recently reelected as president of the American Association of University Professors. There, in addition to vanguarding major reorganization efforts, he advocates the cause of the growing constituency of graduate assistants and contingent faculty. Meanwhile, he continues his scholarly focus on preserving the cultural heritage of the American Left.

Nelson’s many books include Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left (2001) and Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics and the Crisis of the Humanities (1995), co-authored with Michael Bérubé.

The event is free and open to the public as part of Nonstop Festival Week, organized by the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, in Yellow Springs.