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Humanities Center Launches Reading Group

University Studies: A Humanities Center Reading Group

This reading group serves as an extension of the University Studies: Envisioning the Institution Research Seminar headed by Professors Lisi Schoenbach and Amy Elias during the 2018-2019 academic year. The seminar covered an extensive list of readings, including hosting campus visits by Christopher Newfield, author of The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (2016) and John Marx and Mark Cooper, co-authors of Media U: How the Need to Win Audiences Has Shaped Higher Education (2018) to consider a variety of factors, including historical, cultural, and economic, that impact how universities function today.

The University Studies Reading Group will meet two to three times a semester to discuss articles and books. The one-hour discussions begin at 11:30 a.m. and take place at the UT Humanities Center. The discussions are open to the university and general public. To sign up for communications about the group, email

Upcoming Discussions

October 23
11:30 a.m.
Topic: Academic Freedom
Discussion will focus on academic freedom using Knowledge, Power, and Academic Freedom by Joan Wallach Scott, (Columbia University Press, 2019).

November 20
11:30 a.m.
Discussion will focus on considering public humanities as part of UT’s land-grant mission using the following articles:

Questions? Contact Beauvais Lyons.