On the general subject of university change

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On the general subject of university change

From Jeffery LeMieux

Published before 2005


Fred, Brian, Kim:

I'm wondering how success at "changing the university" might be measured. It seems that the elimination of modernist modes of thought is the standard that you hold, but that doesn't seem to me to be likely or even advisable.

The university is (or at least ought to be) the place where opposing theories can exist as long as they can be supported. Marxists work alongside laissez-faire capitalists, post-colonialists labor next to romantic traditionalists. Should we simply ban all modes of thougt that we disagree with? Hell, I'm all for a solid academic training in drawing, color and invention for everyone, but I think it's clear there are more than a couple ways to produce meaningful aesthetic objects.

Are we to go back to the three modes of art; painting, sculpture and architecture, and exclude everything else?

Jeffery