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"Higher Education?" - A Book Launch and Discussion with Claudia Dreifus and Andrew Hacker

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:00pm

Demos and the World Policy Institute present:

Higher Education?
Colleges, Universities, and America's Global Role.

A book launch and discussion with authors Claudia Dreifus and Andrew Hacker.  David Callahan, Director of the International Program and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, will moderate.

American higher education should be key to the U.S.'s world leadership role. A third of the country's young people attend more than 4,000 US colleges and universities, while hundreds of thousands of students from abroad, predominantly from China, India, Korea and the Middle East, get their post-secondary education at the same schools. This effectively makes education one of the most significant products that these countries buy from the U.S. Many American universities have now even set out to export their product abroad -and to entice young Americans in to study-abroad programs. But how good is American higher education, really? Does it play the role it should in creating opportunity and global awareness -or can we do better by our students?

In Higher Education?, WPI Senior Fellow Claudia Dreifus and renowned sociologist Andrew Hacker deliver a call to arms and make an incisive case that the American way of higher education, now a $420 billion-per-year business, has lost sight of its primary mission: the education of young adults. Going behind the myths and mantras, they trace how a system has simultaneously blown up and broken down, and discuss their controversial proposals for repairing it.
 

When:
Thursday, September 23, 2010
6-8 pm

The discussion with the authors will be followed by a cocktail reception. 

Where:
Demos
220 Fifth Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets)
Fifth Floor conference room

Admission:

  • Free for WPI Members
  • Regular non-member admission: $10 admission, or $25 for admission and a copy of Higher Education? (list price $26)
  • Non-member admission for Academics, Nonprofit Professionals, Media and Full-time Students: $5 admission, or $20 for admission and a copy of Higher Education?

A limited number of books (list price $26) will be available for purchase at the event: $15 for WPI Members; $20 for Non-members.

Payment and RSVP:

  • WPI Members: RSVP to events@worldpolicy.org or to (212) 481-5005, option 2
  • Non-Members: Register and pay online here:
Higher Education? - Book Launch and Reception, Sept. 23

 

Advance registration is required to help us plan and order appropriately and minimize waste. All reservations must be paid in advance. Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, September 22.

Call the World Policy Institute events line at (212) 481-5005, option 2, with any event-related questions.

About the Authors:
Andrew Hacker is the author of the bestselling book Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal, and writes regularly for The New York Review of Books and other publications. He is a professor at Queens College.

WPI Senior Fellow Claudia Dreifus writes for the Science Times section of The New York Times and teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

The authors live in New York City.

David Callahan, moderator, is a co-founder of Demos and now leads its International Program. He writes frequently on trade, globalization and the environment, and is the author of Trading Up and Unwinnable Wars: American Power and Ethnic Conflict.

 

Advance Praise for “Higher Education?”
“Smart, beautifully researched, groundbreaking . . . A courageous indictment of our system of education itself—with its outrageous costs and diminishing promise of a secure future for those who have the stamina to graduate. I am grateful to Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus for daring to say what needs to be said.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Bright-Sided

“A timely and provocative book about a subject that affects all of us. Higher Education? is a thoroughly researched and welcome addition to the debate.”
—Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics

Higher Education? stands out with facts, figures, and probing analysis. Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus clearly lay out why so many colleges and universities are helping to support a de facto American class system while failing their primary mission of preparing not only skilled labor but also producing educated, knowledgeable citizens who can play a role advancing our national life and strengthening our democracy. This is a thought-provoking book that I hope will generate serious national debate.”
—Vartan Gregorian, president, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Visit highereducationquestionmark.com for more information on the book.
 

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