Remaking the American College Campus



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About the Book

The built and landscaped spaces of colleges and universities radiate and absorb the values of the cultures in which they were created. As economic and political forces exert pressure on administrators and as our understanding of higher education shifts, these spaces can transform dramatically. Focusing on the utopian visions and the dystopian realities of American campus life, this collection of new essays examines campus spaces from the perspective of those who live and work there. Topics include disability, sustainability, first-year writing, underrepresented groups on campus, online education, adjunct labor, and the way profit-driven agendas have shaped colleges and universities.

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Silverman is an associate professor of English and co-director of American Studies at University of Massachusetts–Lowell. He has served as the Fulbright Roving Scholar in Norway.

Meghan M. Sweeney is an associate professor of English at University of North Carolina–Wilmington.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Jonathan Silverman and Meghan M. Sweeney

Foreword by Sharon Haar

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6333-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2634-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sharon Haar 1
Preface 4
Introduction 5

Space Matters: Rethinking University Spaces for and with Underrepresented Students (La’Tonya Rease Miles) 15
Fifty Shades of Green: The Meshing of Culture, Teaching and Business in College Campuses’ Sustainability Efforts (Mauricio Espinoza) 27
Beds, Baths and Offices at the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies (Kelly Hankin, Tim Seiber and Julie Townsend) 42
A Bridge, Not a Wall: Uses of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at Bronx Community College (Kate Culkin) 57
Nice (Icha)Bod: How Washburn University’s Mascot Came to Dominate Campus (Kelly Watt) 79
The Campus That Oil Built: Visualizing the University of Texas’ Extractive Wealth in the Age of the Corporate University (Sarah ­Stanford-McIntyre) 91
Keep Morton Weird: Reading a Humanities Building in the American South (Nicholas C. Laudadio) 113
Where (and When) Is College? (Miles McCrimmon) 124
A Sense of Belonging: Using Siftr to Empower Freshmen (Margene Anderson) 135
Exploring Virtual Spaces Within the Community College Campus (Cristina DeLuca Savarese) 141
The Invisible Adjunct: Inverse Panopticism in the English Department (Jane Weiss) 150
Art Graft: Public Art and State Education (Igor Marjanović and Katerina Rüedi Ray) 167
Access, Tradition and Belonging at “the Alma Mater of the Nation” (Jessica Cowing) 191
Teachable Space: When the Spaces Where We Teach Become the Spaces That We Teach (Robert M. Bednar) 204
Communitas and Liminal Space in the National Parks (Bill Atwill and Dan Noland) 224
West Point’s Washington Hall: America’s Panoptical Puzzle (William F. Hecker III) 234

About the Contributors 241
Index 245