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The Evisceration of a Public University / Lisa Corrigan

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Liberal arts and sciences are subsidizing salaries all the way up the ladder. Salaries of their law schools or their business schools or their med schools. And then all that money is actually then being hoarded at the top for administrator salaries. It's really a pillaging of the public goods coming off of the backs of liberal arts programs, which are producing the mass majority of student semester credit hours at the majority of land grants across the country. So, why are any of these cuts necessary when West Virginia University, as of 2022, had an endowment of 875 million?

Professor of communications and director of gender studies at the University of Arkansas Lisa M. Corrigan joins Chuck to discuss the neoliberal dismantling of the University of West Virginia--a harbinger of a return to a tuition-based, legacy-first, exclusive educational order for all of American higher education. Check out her article, "The Evisceration of a Public University," in The Nation.


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Lisa Corrigan

Lisa M. Corrigan is a professor of communication and director of gender studies at the University of Arkansas, with over 20 years of experience in higher education. She writes about social movements, democracy, and politics. She’s the author of Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation (2016) and Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties (2020). She cohosts the podcast Lean Back: Critical Feminist Conversations with Laura Weiderhaft.