“Crisis on Campus”
Reforming Our Colleges and Universities
Professor Mark C. Taylor
Richard J. Garfunkel
WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday
October 6, 2010
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On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at 12:00 Noon, I will be hosting my show The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, and you can also listen to the program’s worldwide, live streaming at www.wvox.com. One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. My guest is Columbia University Professor Mark C. Taylor, author of Crisis on Campus,” which offers a bold plan for reforming our higher educational system before its economic and structural bubble implodes.
Mark C. Taylor is the Chair of the Department of Religion, co-director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, and a Professor at Union Theological Seminary. A leading figure in debates about post-modernism, Taylor has written on topics ranging from philosophy, religion, literature, art and architecture to education, media, science, technology and economics.
Taylor received a Doktorgrad (Philosophy) from the University of Copenhagen in 1981, a Ph.D. in religion from Harvard in 1997, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1968. The many awards and honors he has received include: Wesleyan University Distinguished Alumnus Award (1998), Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Professor of the year (1995), Rektor’s Medal, University of Helsinki (1993), American Academy of Religion Awards for Excellence for his books Nots (1994) and Altarity (1998), and Guggenheim Fellowship (1979-80).
He has written twenty-five books as well as several hundred articles and numerous reviews. His books include: Journeys to Selfhood: Hegel and Kierkegaard (1980), Erring: A Postmodern A/Theology (1984), Disfiguring: Art, Architecture, Religion (1994), Imagologies: Media Philosophy (1994), Hiding (1997), About Religion: Economies of Faith in Virtual Culture (1999), The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture (2001), Grave Matters (2002), Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption (2006), Mystic Bones (2007), After God (2007). In addition to his writing, Taylor has produced a CD-ROM, Motel Real: Las Vegas, Nevada, and has had an exhibition of the artwork accompanying his book, Grave Matters, at the Mass MOCA. Over the years Taylor has also played a major role in introducing new technologies to the classroom. In 1998, he co-founded a company named Global Education Network, whose mission was to introduce high-quality online education in the arts, sciences and humanities to anyone, anywhere in the world.
Beyond his scholarly work, Taylor contributes to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other periodicals. He has appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and frequently appears on NPR, the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Company. He has been the subject of major articles in the New York Times and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.
Meanwhile, the mission of The Advocates is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.
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Next week, my guest will be Bill Samuels, of the New Roosevelt Initiative, Chairperson and founder to a group devoted to the reform of NY State politics and government.