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Friday, December 17, 2010

Ellen Schrecker discusses the corporatization of America’s universities. Then, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edmund Morris talks about the final book in his trilogy of Theodore Roosevelt biographies. Also, we’ll take a look at a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand.” Plus, Please Explain is all about wool—from how it’s produced to how to properly care for it!

The Lost Soul of Higher Education

Historian Ellen Schrecker discusses the current battles over higher education, the challenges to academic freedom, and the rapidly changing structure of American Universities. Her book The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University looks at the effects of ideological assaults on academic freedom and decades of eroding higher education budgets.

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Edmund Morris on Colonel Roosevelt

Edmund Morris discusses the final book of his trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt, which recounts the last decade of perhaps one of the most fascinating individuals in American history. Colonel Roosevelt recounts his personal life as well as his political life, covering Roosevelt’s safari in East Africa, his nature writing, his famous “New Nationalism” speech, and his role as the guiding spirit of the Progressive movement.

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“Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge of the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Photographs, discusses three giants of 20th century American photography—Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand. The exhibition “Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through April 10, presents the diverse and groundbreaking work of these artists, drawn from the museum’s collection.

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Please Explain: Wool

This cold weather has caused many of us to pull out our wool sweaters for extra warmth, and for this week’s Please Explain we’re talking about wool—and the process of gathering and using wool, from the sheep to the sweater! Clara Parkes, author of The Knitters Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber and The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn, and Dr. Christopher Lupton, Professor, The Bill Sims Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, join us to discuss the subject.

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