Historian to examine capitalism and its effect on academics at Nov. 20 lecture

Schrecker FlyerThe Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities’ Interpreting Capitalism series will continue this week with a lecture by historian Ellen Schrecker titled “Hired Education: Capitalism and the Academic Community.”

Schrecker, professor of history at Yeshiva University, will present a perspective on how and why the leaders of United States universities embraced the corporate mindset of the late 20th century.

She will examine the current state of the academy, in which universities have become engines of economic growth, along with students viewed as customers, faculty engaged as capsulized employees, and successful researchers considered entrepreneurs.

Schrecker also will discuss implications of this shift in the institutional missions of the American colleges and universities.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 4:30 in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium.

Registration is recommended.