CSHE Will Celebrate its 60th Year with an International Conference: New Nationalism and Universities

CSHE Will Celebrate its 60th Year with an International Conference:

New Nationalism and Universities


May 12, 2017 - The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year (2017) with a series of activities, including a major international conference from November 16-17, 2017 on the Berkeley campus. This conference will gather CSHE alumni and affiliated researchers, along with leading scholars and practitioners from throughout the world, and focused on the theme: The New Nationalism and Universities. The two-day event will also provide a venue for past CSHE Visiting Scholars to return to Berkeley and present their current research, or to reflect on their work while at the Center.

Since its establishment under a grant from the Carnegie Corporation as the first academic research center in the world devoted to the study of higher education, the Center has provided an international comparative perspective on the past and future of higher education. A CSHE web page will soon be posted that provides a history of the center, its many influential researchers and associates, and publications generated over the last six decades.

The November conference will be a timely and unique forum for reflecting on the influence of New Nationalism in shaping the missions, activities, behaviors, and productivity of major leading national universities. “Universities have been at the forefront of both national development and global integration,” states CSHE conference co-chair and Senior Research Fellow John Aubrey Douglass. “They undoubtedly will continue to play this dual role. But the political and policy world in which they operate is once again undergoing a transition, reflective of a significant change in domestic politics and international relations – a populist turn inwards among a key group of major nations.” Nationalistic reactions to globalism, broadly defined, has resulted in a fast moving shift in national alliances and trade policies, and in revised restrictions on immigration symbolized by Brexit and recent policies of the new Trump administration.

“This major celebration of the Center’s major research contributions to the field of higher education history, policy and practice, will also provide a venue to re-connect with Center many alumna from throughout the world,” notes co-chair and Interim CSHE Director Michael Nacht.

CSHE is also launching the Berkeley CSHE@60 Campaign to raise funds for the Center’s endowment and to support CSHE Visiting Scholars Program and research agenda as we enter the seventh decade of policy relevant research.

Mark your calendars for the conference in November of this year! More information, invitations and the conference website with registration information is forthcoming. Click here to update your contact information and to indicate your interest in participating in the CSHE@60 Conference.