Generous thinking: a radical approach to saving the university
Higher education occupies a difficult place in twenty-first-century American culture. Universities—the institutions that bear so much responsibility for the future health of our nation—are at odds with the very publics they are intended to serve. As Kathleen Fitzpatrick asserts, it is imperative that we re-center the mission of the university to rebuild that lost trust.
In Generous Thinking, Fitzpatrick roots this crisis in the work of scholars. Critical thinking—the heart of what academics do—can today often negate, refuse, and reject new ideas. In an age characterized by rampant anti-intellectualism, Fitzpatrick charges the academy with thinking constructively rather than competitively, building new ideas rather than tearing old ones down. She urges us to rethink how we teach the humanities and to refocus our attention on the very human ends—the desire for community and connection—that the humanities can best serve. One key aspect of that transformation involves fostering an atmosphere of what Fitzpatrick dubs "generous thinking," a mode of engagement that emphasizes listening over speaking, community over individualism, and collaboration over competition.
Fitzpatrick proposes ways that anyone who cares about the future of higher education can work to build better relationships between our colleges and universities and the public, thereby transforming the way our society functions. She encourages interested stakeholders to listen to and engage openly with one another's concerns by reading and exploring ideas together; by creating collective projects focused around common interests; and by ensuring that our institutions of higher education are structured to support and promote work toward the public good. Meditating on how and why we teach the humanities, Generous Thinking is an audacious book that privileges the ability to empathize and build rather than simply tear apart.
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|Grouping Title||generous thinking a radical approach to saving the university|
|Grouping Author||fitzpatrick kathleen|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-10-11 04:44:24AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-10-20 04:50:59AM|
|author||Fitzpatrick, Kathleen, 1967-|
|detailed_location_arlington||Shirlington New Nonfiction|
|display_description||"This book offers a counterpoint to the critical thinking that characterizes much of the discourse in the humanities. The author asks readers to rethink how we teach the humanities, addresses why we should, and argues strongly that we have lost touch with "generous thinking," the author's term for the ability to create, empathize, and build rather than simply tear apart. Thinking creatively and cooperatively is a hallmark of humanistic thinking that can help to solve social problems and ease strife"--|
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|subject_facet||Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives|
Humanities -- Study and teaching (Higher)
|title_display||Generous thinking : a radical approach to saving the university|
|title_full||Generous thinking : a radical approach to saving the university / Kathleen Fitzpatrick|
|title_sub||a radical approach to saving the university|