No University Is an Island offers a comprehensive account of the social, political, and cultural forces undermining academic freedom. At once witty and devastating, it confronts these threats with exceptional frankness, then offers a prescription for higher educations renewal. In an insiders account of how the primary organization for faculty members nationwide has fought the culture wars, Cary Nelson, the current President of the American Association of University Professors, unveils struggles over governance and unionization and the increasing corporatization of higher education. Peppered throughout with previously unreported, and sometimes incendiary, higher education anecdotes, Nelson is at his flame-throwing best.
The book calls on higher educations advocates of both the Left and the Right to temper conviction with tolerance and focus on higher educations real injustices. Nelson demands we stop denying teachers, student workers, and other employees a living wage and basic rights. He urges unions to take up the larger cause of justice. And he challenges his own and other academic organizations to embrace greater democracy.
"His overall point is irrefutable. No university is an island, and we shall all swim together or we shall sink separately. Times Higher Educational Supplement
"Makes a strong plea for all faculty members to take back their institutions, and by documenting cases of effective faculty resistance, Nelson provides a glimmer of hope in these dark times. The Huffington Post
"Nelsons feisty intellectual manifesto is kept rooted--and readable--by personal recollections, felicitous turns of phrase, and scrupulous fairness. Publishers Weekly