Interview: Mark Bauerlein on the Crisis of Higher Ed, the Decline of the Humanities, and Jordan Peterson
Mark Bauerlein joins the Western Canon Podcast to discuss the current crisis facing higher education and the decline of the humanities, which has been brought about by the rising cost of college, the growth of university administration, the decline of a high intellectual culture, the rise of identity politics, and hyper political correctness. In this interview, Dr. Bauerlein and Jordan Alexander Hill attempt to diagnose the problem and come up with some possible solutions. They also discuss the podcast revolution and how the alternative internet media is filling the gaps created by universities, institutions that have abdicated their responsibility to provide students with a sound liberal education.
Dr. Mark Bauerlein is a prolific writer, Emory University professor, and senior editor at First Things Magazine; he runs the magazine's new podcast First Thoughts. He has published several books, including his most famous and controversial one, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don 't Trust Anyone Under 30). He has worked for the National Endowment of Arts, and he writes regularly for popular periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, TLS, The Claremont Review of Books, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other outlets.
About the Show:
The Western Canon is a monthly podcast dedicated to examining the timeless stories, ideas, and thinkers of the Western literary tradition. Working chronologically through "the great conversation of history," each episode focuses on a distinct canonical work, set of works, or intellectual period. Featuring lively summary, literary analysis, philosophical discussion, and guest commentary, the show also tackles social and political issues related to Western civilization, the modern university, free speech, well-being, and much more. Educate your mind and feed your soul by tuning in with Jordan Alexander Hill, Gina Santiago, and special guests on the 1st of every month!