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Faculty Reading Group on Higher Education

Once a semester faculty will be invited to meet for a 75 minute discussion of a recent book on higher education, followed by a reception.

College of the OverwhelmedWednesday, March 11, 2009 - discussion of College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It (Jossey-Bass, 2005) by Richard Kadison, chief of mental health services at Harvard, and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, noted education and parenting author. Neal Lipsitz will be the respondent.

Monday, January 23, 2008 - discussion of Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life (Yale UP, 2007) by Anthony T. Kronman, Sterling Professor of Law and former Dean of Yale Law School.


Monday, April 16, 2007 - discussion of Dennis O'Brien's All the Essential Half-Truths About Higher Education (Chicago: 2004)




Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - discussion of Ken Bain's What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard, 2005).


Wednesday February 22, 2006 - Our first book is Rebekah Nathan's My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student (Ithaca: Cornel U.P. 2005).  Nathan, a pseudonymous anthropologist who taught for 15 years at a large state university, "realized that she no longer understood the behavior and attitudes of her students.  Fewer and fewer participated in class discussion, tackled the assigned reading, or came to class to discuss problems during office hours."  So she went under cover as an ethnographer, enrolling in college and living in the dorms as a first-year student. Anthropologist Ann Marie Leshkowich, who will have discussed the book in a student seminar that day, will serve as respondent to open the session.