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May 15, 2012 – 11:03 AM
Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 — 11:03 AM
College produces good citizens, right? Yes, but not for the reasons most people think. Watch video of Christopher P. Loss’s talk about the role of higher education in defining changing meanings of democratic citizenship in the 20th century, and explain why coordinated efforts to use education to produce good citizens and to remake society during that century rarely worked as intended. As we shall see, the real genius of American higher education has been—and remains—its utter unpredictability.
Christopher P. Loss is an assistant professor of education in Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. An historian of the twentieth century United States, Loss specializes in the intellectual, political, and social history of U.S. higher education. His articles and essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Policy History, the History of Education Quarterly, and History of Psychology, among others.
His book, Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the Twentieth Century, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. He is working on a new book on academic expertise and its challengers in the post-1945 United States. In 2010, Loss won Peabody College’s Excellence for Classroom Teaching Award.
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