The Evolution of Radical Thought in Academia, from 1945-1970

He will present a narrative account of radicals in academia from 1945 to 1970, focusing on C. Wright Mills, Herbert Marcuse, Tom Hayden, and Staughton Lynd. He will argue that radical academics expanded the university's intellectual boundaries, resulting in New Left entrenchment within an otherwise conservative environment. University campuses incubated the New Left as it matured into the paradox of tenured radicals and radical scholarly journals. Once a protected privilege of the conservative upper class, state universities now house critics of state authority, intellectual rebels, and conscientious objectors to dominant culture values.
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David Podris