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Monday, October 9 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
What Can We Learn From the History of Urban Higher Education? (60 mins)

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My recently completed book, Universities and Their Cities: Urban Higher Education in America will be released in May 2017 by Johns Hopkins University Press. It examines the changing ways colleges and universities in urban areas addressed widespread anti-urbanism in American higher education and how they engaged with their host cities. This history provides an important context for issues faced today by CUMU institutions. I will focus the conversation on:
• 1) the complex relationship between universities and the residents of surrounding neighborhoods regarding institutional expansion, urban renewal and issues of class and race.
• 2) How institutions can take advantage of the city for teaching and learning.
• 3) Their role in promoting academic programs in urban affairs.
• 4) How urban colleges and universities define their community service obligations.
• 5) They ways they address the needs of commuter, minority and immigrant students.
• 6)Their response to the traditional view that "urban universities" are low status institutions.
• 7) CUMU's role in addressing these matters.

Although my book is historical, I carry the story to the present. My perspective has been shaped not only by my training as an historian but by my ten years as chancellor and four years as arts and sciences dean of Rutgers University-Newark, my role in engaging the university in Newark's revitalization, and my presidency of CUMU in 2009/10 and board membership from  2005 TO 2011.

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Steven Diner

University Professor, Rutgers University-Newark
I served as chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark from 2002 to 2012. In this leadership position I worked to take full advantage of the city's resources in teaching and research. I also greatly increased the services provided by the university to the city. And I served as president... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
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