Middlebury

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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