Conference Calls: Fall 2019

National Association of Scholars

Join us this fall for conference calls to discuss what’s happening in higher education. We’ll talk about campus culture, history curricula, what presidential candidates have said on higher education, and more. Each call lasts one hour and gives NAS members and interested observers a chance to hear about and participate in the work of reforming higher education.

For all calls, please call in to 855-369-0450 and use the conference code 52-275-553 #.

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Friday, October 4, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
Beach Books: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class?

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For eight years, NAS has surveyed college common reading programs that assign all students a single book to read. Often, it is the only book students will read in common. On this call, NAS Research Director David Randall will take listeners on a tour of what colleges and universities assign—and offer step-by-step guidance for encouraging your college to choose a better book. We’ll discuss how to get on the common reading selection committee, how to write a book that might get chosen as a common reading, and how to make a persuasive case for a classic book.

Wednesday, October 23, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
The 1620 Project and American History

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In August, The New York Times began “The 1619 Project” with the goal of reframing the entirety of American history as centered on slavery. This has enormous consequences for how American history is taught in our schools and universities. NAS is launching our own 1620 Project, named for the year the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact. NAS Research Director David Randall will give an overview of what the New York Times asserts via its 1619 Project, how NAS is countering it with the 1620 Project, and how you can be involved.

Wednesday, November 13, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Higher Education?

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Higher education has featured prominently in the platforms of Democratic contenders for the presidential nomination. Where do presidential candidates stand on higher education? NAS Policy Director Rachelle Peterson will compare the various “free college” plans, along with proposals on debt forgiveness, affirmative action, for-profit colleges, and more.

Wednesday, December 11, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
Social Justice Education

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We’re preparing to release a new report this fall: Social Justice Education in America. What does social justice mean, and what does it mean for higher education? NAS’s David Randall, the author of this new report, will discuss our findings in this new report, along with our recommendations for reform.

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