May 14th, 2014, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Royce 314

What form should undergraduate education in the humanities take in the 21st century? Panelists from UCLA and beyond, with contrasting views but a passion for teaching, will consider the prospects and pitfalls in our changing methods and curricula, in a wide-ranging discussion with the audience.


Patricia Turner is Dean and Vice Provost of UCLA’s Division of Undergraduate Education, and a professor in both World Arts and Cultures and African-American Studies. Her research focuses on racial dynamics as they surface in folklore and popular cultures.  She is also Chair of the UC Education Abroad Program Governing Committee and has served as executive director of the Reinvention Center, a national consortium of dean and vice provosts of undergraduate education at research universities.

Christopher Newfield is a professor literature and American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. His main current areas of research are innovation theory and Critical University Studies, a field that he helped to found. His books include Mapping Muliticulturalism, Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class, and is completeing a book called Lower Education: What to Do About Our Downsized Future. His courses include Innovation Studies, Critical Theory, the Future of Higher Education, and English Majoring  After College