Episode 10 - Can Secularism Save Higher Education?
January 04, 2010
A provocative speculation on secularism and higher education by author, feminist, and critic Daphne Patai. Dr. Patai spoke at the Center for Inquiry / Transnational, our organization's headquarters in Amherst, New York, on April 18, 2008. A life-long atheist and natural-born contrarian, Dr. Patai discusses what her experiences in academic and intellectual circles have taught her about the harms of zealotry of every kind. What ails higher education? And how does secularism relate to the steps needed to prepare our institutions of higher education for tomorrow's challenges?
Dr. Patai teaches in the department of languages, literatures, and cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author and editor of over a dozen books on utopian fiction, Brazilian literature and culture, feminism, women's studies, and the problems of politicizing education. Among them is What Price Utopia? Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs.