The James G. Martin Center has a large library of higher education books, but there is always more than we’d like to have. Sometimes supporters acquire books for us and, in the spirit of a letter to Santa Claus, Jenna Robinson lists ten books here that we would like to add.
Most are recent, but not all. The list includes Northrop Frye’s 1964 The educated imagination, which was summer reading assignment when I was a freshman at university in 1969. I would love to see it again.
Some books look great, like What universities owe to democracy by Ronald Daniels. Others seem very doubtful, like Students under contract by Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, which appears to be a “social justice” rant demanding that the government write off tons of student debt. At Center Martin, we consider all points of view, touting those that we think could help us orient ourselves towards the academic renewal we need and clashing with those that would lead us in the wrong direction.