'The Great Shame of Our Profession'

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How the humanities survive on exploitation

by Kevin Birmingham


"Last year the University of New Hampshire made news when one of its librarians, Robert Morin, who had saved almost 50 years of paychecks, left $4 million to the university upon his death. UNH spent $1 million of the librarian’s gift on a 30-by-50-foot high-definition scoreboard for the new, $25-million football stadium. The university defended its decision by stating that the donation had been used for 'our highest priorities and emerging opportunities.'" 

"... Amid competing budgetary pressures, classroom instruction is the easiest expense to cut."

"If you are a tenured (or tenure-track) faculty member, you are both the instrument and the direct beneficiary of exploitation."