October 16, 2000

National Journalists and Educators to Discuss the Fate of Higher Education

Panelists Include Newsweek Finance Columnist Jane Bryant Quinn and U.S. News & World Report Senior Writer David L. Marcus

 

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- How can the media be made allies of higher education? To what extent, and in what ways, should the program of higher education adapt itself to a consumer culture?

Jane Bryant Quinn, finance and investment columnist for Newsweek, David L. Marcus, senior writer for U.S. News & World Report, and Malcolm G. Scully, editor at large of the Chronicle of Higher Education, will comment on these and other issues at a panel discussion titled "Selling the Ivory Tower: The Liberal Arts College Confronts the Challenges of Market and Media" on Saturday, Nov. 4 on the Middlebury College campus. Quinn will serve as moderator of the panel, which will also include William G. Durden, president of Dickinson College, and G. Dennis O’Brien, president emeritus of the University of Rochester. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Mead Memorial Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125), and is free and open to the public.

"Selling the Ivory Tower" will take place as part of Founders’ Week, the culmination of the College’s Bicentennial celebration, which begins on Nov. 1 or Founders’ Day and concludes Nov. 5.

"Over the last half-century, we have seen a new kind of mass higher education, the coming of globalization, and the rapid rise of new kinds of information technology, all of which promise to have dramatic effects, for good or ill, on the shape of education in the future," said Nick Clifford, co-chair of the Bicentennial celebration committee and Middlebury College professor emeritus of history.

"‘Selling the Ivory Tower?’ offers the opportunity to discuss what these changes mean for higher education as we’ve known it, and more particularly what they mean for the residential liberal arts college, that ‘quintessentially American institution’ as some have called it."

Following the panel discussion, there will be a reception at 4 p.m. in the

Redfield Proctor Room of Proctor Hall across the street from Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125).

To broaden the discussion surrounding "Selling the Ivory Tower," representatives from the fields of education, law, business, and journalism have contributed papers that are all available via the College’s Web site at http://www.middlebury.edu/200/Founders/symposia.html. Visitors to the Web site may also participate in an electronic discussion.

For more information, contact Mona Wheatley, director of Bicentennial planning, at 802-443-2000, or visit the College’s Web site at http://www.middlebury.edu/200/Founders/.

To follow is an event calendar listing:

 

Events Calendar Listing

"Selling the Ivory Tower: The Liberal Arts College Confronts the Challenges of Market and Media"

Middlebury College Bicentennial Celebration

Founders’ Week

 

Saturday, Nov. 4

2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: "Selling the Ivory Tower: The Liberal Arts College Confronts the Challenges of Market and Media"

Jane Bryant Quinn, finance and investment columnist for Newsweek

David L. Marcus, senior writer for U.S. News & World Report

Malcolm G. Scully, editor at large of the Chronicle of Higher Education

G. Dennis O’Brien, president emeritus, University of Rochester

William G. Durden, president of Dickinson College

Middlebury College, Mead Memorial Chapel, Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125)

 

 

4 p.m.: Reception

Redfield Proctor Room of Proctor Hall, Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125)

 

All events are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

 

For more information, contact Mona Wheatley, director of Bicentennial planning, at 802-443-2000, or visit the College’s Web site at http://www.middlebury.edu/200/Founders/.

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