Henry A. Giroux’s New Book Argues that Higher Ed Is Shaped by Inequality

In his column for The New York Times, “The Violence of Forgetting,” Brad Evans interviews Henry A. Giroux, Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada, about his new book America at War with Itself.

According to the publisher’s website:

A passionate advocate for civil rights and the importance of the imagination, Giroux argues that only through widespread social investment in democracy and education can the common good hope to prevail over the increasingly concentrated influence of extreme right-wing politicians and self-serving economic interests.

In the interview with Evans, Giroux notes:

Any discussion of the fate of higher education must address how it is shaped by the current state of inequality in American society, and how it perpetuates it. Not only is such inequality evident in soaring tuition costs, inevitably resulting in the growing exclusion of working- and middle-class students from higher education, but also in the transformation of over two-thirds of faculty positions into a labor force of overworked and powerless adjunct faculty members. Faculty need to take back the university and reclaim modes of governance in which they have the power to teach and act with dignity, while denouncing and dismantling the increasing corporatization of the university and the seizing of power by administrators and their staff, who now outnumber faculty on most campuses.

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