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North Central to host talk by national president of university professors’ group

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North Central College will host a talk on Sept. 26 by Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors.

Nelson’s talk, “How to Save Higher Education,” will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 in Smith Hall, located on the second floor of North Central College’s Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville.

Nelson is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. He took office as the 49th president of the American Association of University Professors in June 2006 and was reelected in 2008.

“Higher education is more severely threatened than it has been for more than half a century,” Nelson says. "Only if faculty and students organize and work together can we preserve the best higher education system in the world.”

Nelson is a leading authority on modern American poetry, literary theory, cultural studies and the politics of higher education. His 25 authored or edited books include “The Incarnate Word: Literature as Verbal Space” (1973), “Our Last First Poets: Vision and History in Contemporary American Poetry” (1981), “Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture” (1987), “Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities” (1994), “Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education” (1999), “Office Hours : Activism and Change in the Academy” (2004) and most recently, “No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom” (2010).

He is the author of more than 100 essays, including a number published in Academe, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education.