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The Good University What universities actually do and why it’s time for radical change

  • The New International Book Shop 54 Victoria Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

Professor Raewyn Connell will give a talk about her new book: The Good University.

Higher education is booming as an industry, but is in serious trouble internally. Universities are increasingly tense and insecure, as fees rise and top managers' salaries rocket up, while casualization and outsourcing spread in the workforce. Australia's public universities have been privatised through the back door, re-made on a corporate model. Raewyn Connell analyses our experience from a union point of view, asking how we can move from a defensive position to a positive agenda for democratic universities. Her new book The Good University looks at the nature of university work, the global economy of knowledge, the social role of universities, the managerial revolution, the fascinating story of alternative universities, and possible futures. All welcome for an intense discussion!

Raewyn Connell is Professor Emerita, University of Sydney, and Life Member of the National Tertiary Education Union. She has taught in several countries and is a widely-cited researcher. Her recent books include The Good University; Southern Theory; and Gender in World Perspective (with Rebecca Pearse). Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. Raewyn has been active in the labour movement, the peace movement, and work for gender equality. Details at www.raewynconnell.net and Twitter @raewynconnell.