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Dearborn academic’s talk to focus on ‘Saving the University’

November 23, 2019

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University professor and author will discuss the need for universities to restore trust both inside and outside their campuses during a talk at University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is scheduled to discuss her book, “Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University,” on Dec. 3. The afternoon presentation in the Social Sciences Building is part of the Dearborn school’s Thought Leader Series.

Her book explores what she sees as an era of anti-intellectualism and academics being more competitive than constructive. She proposes “generous thinking,” which emphasizes listening, collaborating and building community through collective ideas and projects.

Fitzpatrick is an English professor and project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access and open-source network serving roughly 18,000 humanities scholars and practitioners.