2023-24 Academic Theme: Education as a Public Good

Each year, UMA selects an academic theme to guide year long programming. A corresponding book is also chosen to inform the theme.

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headshot of will bunch, a middle-aged white manAbout the author

From the publisher: Will Bunch is national opinion columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of several books, including Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan LegacyThe Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, Paranoia Politics and High-Def Hucksters in the Age of Obama, and the e-book The Bern Identity: A Search for Bernie Sanders and the New American Dream. He has won numerous journalism awards and shared the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting with the New York Newsday staff.


Fresh Air Interview with Will Bunch

This episode of Fresh Air originally aired August 4, 2022. 

Will Bunch at the Chicago Humanities Festival

Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Anthony S. Chen, as they explore the central question of Bunch’s latest book After the Ivory Tower Falls: How has the fracturing of American people into two groups (one educated and the other not) contributed to political, cultural, and economic unrest; and what can we do to bridge the divide? 

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