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Uneven Commercialization: Contradiction and Conflict in the Identity and Practices of American Universities
How and to what extent is higher education in the United States becoming commercialized?

Daniel Kleinman (Community and Environmental Sociology, UW-Madison) argues that widespread claims about the commercialization of higher education are overbroad. For example, although much scholarship on the topic is based on limited data, it still makes arguments about a growing, steamroller-like process of commercialization. And although the scholarship is typically synchronic, it makes assertions about change over time. Moreover, authors’ contentions often prove to be anecdotal, rather than systematic or systemic.

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Can't make it to the lecture? Try watching a live video stream on our C21@UWM channel on UStream! Archived videos of previously streamed lectures are also available.

Friday, December 2
3:30 pm, Curtin 118

Brown bag lunch with Daniel Kleinman
Friday, December 2
12 noon Curtin 939

Call for 2012-13 C21 Fellows

2012-13 Call for C21 Fellows
Each year, C21 constitutes a group of six to eight UWM faculty fellows (as well as at least one external fellow) whose research interests relate to our research theme and contribute to our mission to imagine, define, and create the emergent field of 21st century studies. For the 2012-13 academic year, our theme takes the form of a question through which we invite UWM faculty from the humanities, arts, and sciences to join us in answering: "What Should 21st Century Studies Do?"

Detailed information about the fellowship and application procedures can be found in this 2012-13 Call for C21 Fellows. Application deadline is Monday, December 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please feel free to attend our informational meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in Curtin 939.

C21 Fellows Works-in-Progress

Have you been procrasinating on writing that academic book of yours?

Now you have significant peer pressure to get to it. C21 Provost Fellow Charlotte Frost, and creator of PhD2Published, has declared November to be Academic Book Writing Month, aka AcBoWriMo—riffing off the increasingly popular National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Here are the few "(relatively relaxed) rules" of the game.

ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education has this piece on the project: "Draft Your Book in One Month." And be sure to follow participants' successes (and failures?) on Twitter: #AcBoWriMo.

Remember, in the time it's taken you to read this post, you could have written 500 words already!

Transdisciplinary Challenge Awardees
(l to r) Tim Ehlinger, Manu P. Sobti, Ryan Holifield | Photo Troye Fox
C21's Transdisciplinary Challenge Awardees
C21 is pleased to announce that Tim Ehlinger (Biological Sciences), Manu P. Sobti (Architecture), and Ryan Holifield (Geography) are the first awardees of our annual Transdisciplinary Challenge grant for their project, "Escaping Flatland: (Re)Writing the Histories, Geographies and Borderland Ecologies of Water." This two-year grant, backed by Chancellor Mike Lovell and the Graduate School, is intended to encourage collaboration among UWM researchers from disciplines that do not have a history of working together. Laura Hunt's feature story on UWM News provides some details about the project. The RFP for the next round of the Transdisciplinary Challenge grant is also now available.

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