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Spring 2018 | Volume 36, Issue 1

Is the University Worth Saving?

How does the state of the university relate to the state of society? We believe in the university as a site for exploration, an incubator of advanced thinking, a training ground for future leaders, and a place where we learn how to disagree. But saving the university is not the same as preserving the status quo. It might require a reimagining of how and why the university serves the common good. After all, if this thread of our social fabric is torn out, what else becomes distorted?

11 Articles In this Issue
02
Editorial: Is the University Worth Saving? by James K.A. Smith

Society has questions. Let's not dismiss them.

06
World View by James K.A. Smith

An annotated reading of your world.

11
Headquarters: Education by Beth Green

Updates from Cardus on the Renewal of Social Architecture.

12
Are We Our Students' Keepers? by Sarah Hamersma

Thinking about country-club campuses and daily bread in North America's universities.

20
Hospitality in Higher Education: Is There Room for All? by Christina Edmonson

Is it an accident that support for higher education is shrinking just when those historically excluded finally have access?

27
Can We Trust the Gatekeepers? by Brian Dijkema

We criticize the university for offering mere credentials; but would we want it otherwise?

35
Heterodoxy to the Rescue by April Lawson

Jonathan Haidt’s mission to save the university.

43
The Modest University by Chad Wellmon

The moral argument in favour of limits on the moral jurisdiction of universities.

51
A University for the Sake of the World by Randy Boyagoda, Doug Sikkema

Christian higher education should be as distinctive as it is integrated.

59
Marilynne Robinson's Apologia Gloriae by James K.A. Smith

Grateful for the novelist's public witness, we might worry about what's missing.

68
The Commons: Renewal of Higher Education Starts in Kindergarten by Deani Van Pelt

It takes the whole village to educate its next generation.

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