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From the president of Wesleyan University, a compassionate and provocative manifesto on the crises confronting higher education.

In this bracing book, Michael S. Roth stakes out a pragmatist path through the thicket of issues facing colleges today to carry out the mission of higher education. With great empathy, candor, subtlety, and insight, Roth offers a sane approach to the noisy debates surrounding affirmative action, political correctness, and free speech, urging us to envision college as a space in which students are empowered to engage with criticism and with a variety of ideas.
Countering the increasing cynical dismissal—from both liberals and conservatives—of the traditional core values of higher education, this book champions the merits of different diversities, including intellectual diversity, with a timely call for universities to embrace boldness, rigor, and practical idealism.

"In Safe Enough Spaces, Wesleyan President Michael Roth offers historical, sociological, and economic contexts for the free speech debates on campus. Pragmatism may be foolhardy in our hyperbolic time, but it is exactly what we need right now. Bravo!"

Cathy N. Davidson,
author of The New Education

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Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University and a historian, curator, and teacher. He is the author of six previous books, including, most recently, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, also published by Yale. Roth previously served as president of California College of the Arts (CCA), led the Getty Research Institute’s Scholars Program, and was the founding director of the Scripps College Humanities Institute in Claremont, CA.

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