FRESH AYERS: Eli Meyerhoff -"Beyond Education" with Bill Ayers

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Eli Meyerhoff

Eli Meyerhoff discusses Beyond Education: Radical Studying for Another World. He will be joined in conversation with Bill Ayers. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: A bold call to deromanticize education and reframe universities as terrains of struggle between alternative modes of studying and world-making. Higher education is at an impasse. Black Lives Matter and #MeToo show that racism and sexism remain pervasive on campus, while student and faculty movements fight to reverse increased tuition, student debt, corporatization, and adjunctification. Commentators typically frame these issues as crises for an otherwise optimal mode of intellectual and professional development. In Beyond Education, Eli Meyerhoff instead sees this impasse as inherent to universities, as sites of intersecting political struggles over resources for studying. Meyerhoff argues that the predominant mode of study, education, is only one among many alternatives and that it must be deromanticized in order to recognize it as a colonial-capitalist institution.

About the author: Eli Meyerhoff is a visiting scholar in Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and program coordinator of the Social Movements Lab. He earned a PhD in political science from the University of Minnesota.

About the interlocutor: Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637