The Marketplace of Ideas

Reform and Reaction in the American University
Author(s): Louis Menand
Original Publish Date: Feb 01, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.07 hours)
Product Number: Z100027504
Released: Feb 01, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400194193
Narrator/s: Michael Prichard
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Has American higher education become a dinosaur? Why do professors all tend to think alike? What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects should be required? Why do teachers and scholars find it so difficult to transcend the limits of their disciplines? Why, in short, are problems that should be easy for universities to solve so intractable? The answer, Louis Menand argues, is that the institutional structure and the educational philosophy of higher education have remained the same for one hundred years, while faculties and student bodies have radically changed and technology has drastically transformed the way people produce and disseminate knowledge. Sparking a long-overdue debate about the future of American education, The Marketplace of Ideas examines what professors and students-and all the rest of us-might be better off without while assessing what is worth saving in our traditional university institutions.

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Professional reviews

"Michael Prichard's stern, sonorous voice is a perfect match for Menand's critical exploration of the contemporary university. However, Prichard's reading, though lively, seems purposefully cold. While it's appropriate that he avoid sounding too passionate as a stand-in for the analytical author, Prichard's tone sounds TOO removed. Happily, though, Prichard's tone doesn't compromise his emphasis or rhythm. Menand's focus is primarily on providing a full analysis of liberal arts colleges, in particular humanities departments, examining where they succeed and where they continually fail. He does not mince words as he critiques the subjective and often-incestuous elements of such an education. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"