The State of the University

Analysis of Clark Kerr’s and Bill Readings’ findings that the university as a cultural institution is in ruins and in need of a major transformation.

The debate over the nature and function of the university is perhaps more heated today than it has even been in recent history. Although university campuses in the early twentieth century are not the sites of revolt and social/cultural turmoil that they were in the late 1960s, it may be argued that the university is more threatened today than it has ever been. In this context, the works of Clark Kerr and Bill Readings present complementary perspectives on the nature and future of university today. As will be argued, Readings believes that we are living amid the ruins of the university as an cultural institution, and that this community model must revise itself in terms of the transcultural global community of the future.

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