Category Archives: Education

Thanks to Southwestern Law School, host of ClassCrits VI Conference

Kudos and great thanks to Southwestern Law School for fabulously hosting the ClassCrits conference this past weekend.  Besides providing superb logistical support from first rate staff, Southwestern set the right tone for our discussions by providing an environment shining with … Continue reading

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Imploring the Ivy League to attend to rural strivers

By Lisa R. Pruitt One of the most e-mailed items in the New York Times for the past day or so has been Claire Vaye Watkins “The Ivy League Was Another Planet.” (The alternative headline is “Elite Colleges Are As Foreign as … Continue reading

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Rurality and class as identity, in the context of an elite(ist) institution

By Lisa R. Pruitt I have been following recent news out of Amherst College about sexual assaults some students have committed against others–and the allegations that Amherst administrators previously tried to hush up these incidents, discouraging victims from pressing charges. … Continue reading

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It’s all relative

By Lisa R. Pruitt That cliche was brought to mind by several news stories in recent weeks, all related to class in one way or another, so I use it here to consider these stories and the issues they raise … Continue reading

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New AAUP guidelines on academic-business ties: more Field Notes on the Political Economy of Academia

Kudos to classcrits colleague Risa L. Lieberwitz, Cornell ILR and labor law scholar, for her work with AAUP on new draft guidelines governing academic conflicts of interest and integrity, quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ambitious AAUP Effort to … Continue reading

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Distinguishing science from “market” power? Field notes on the political economy of academia

It’s become common wisdom in the U.S. that non-transparent big money largely drives elections, legislatures, regulatory agencies, and much of the judicial system, eroding the public trust and reinforcing perceptions that law and politics, as well as economics, operates largely … Continue reading

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Higher Education Access and the Reproduction of Privilege

By Lisa R. Pruitt Two recent items in the New York Times have caught my attention in relation to how access to higher education reproduces privilege and undermines class mobility.  One is “Cuts Threaten Access to College Placement Tests,” for which a … Continue reading

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