Book Launch & Conversation
Wednesday, 16 October, 5.30pm
The Book Room at Byron,
27 Fletcher St, Byron Bay
BOOK LAUNCH AND CONVERSATION with Raewyn Connell
The Good University
What universities actually do and why it's time for a radical change
The higher education industry might seem like it’s booming, with over 200 million students in universities and colleges worldwide and funds flowing in like never before. But the truth is that these institutions have never been unhappier places to work. Corporate-style management, cost-cutting governments, mobilisations by angry students and strikes by disgruntled staff have all taken their toll — in almost every country around the world. It’s no wonder that there is talk of ‘universities in crisis.’
But what should a good university look like? In this inspiring new work, Raewyn Connell asks us to consider just that and challenges us to rethink the fundamentals of what universities do. Drawing on the examples offered by pioneering universities and educational reformers around the world, Connell outlines a practical vision for how our universities can become both more engaging and more productive places, driven by social good rather than profit, and helping to build fairer societies.
Raewyn Connell has retired from an academic career in social science and embarked on a new life as an agitator. An early product is her 2019 book The Good University (in Australia, Monash University Publishing; overseas, Zed Books).
She has written or co-written twenty-four other books and her work has been translated into nineteen languages. Raewyn has been active in the labour movement, the peace movement, and work for gender equality.