Cathy Davidson, "The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux"


The Regulator welcomes Cathy Davidson, author of The New Education: How To Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, for a reading and book signing.

If we want our students to succeed in our age of precarious work and technological disruption, we need a revolution in higher learning. Davidson profiles iconoclastic educators who are remaking their classrooms by emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and adaptability over expertise in a single, often abstract discipline. Working at the margins of the establishment, these innovators are breaking down barriers between ossified fields of study, presenting their students with multidisciplinary, real-world problems, and teaching them not just how to think, but how to learn. We can educate students not only to survive but to thrive amid the challenges to come. Davidson's The New Education shows us how.

“Davidson’s The New Education manages to pull of the neat trick of being relevant and fascinating for both the consumers and the producers of higher education. This is a book that I recommend to every tuition-paying parent and newly-enrolled student, as well as to all who make their living in academe.”–Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed.

Cathy N. Davidson is an educational innovator and a distinguished scholar of the history of technology and a proponent of active ways of learning to help students understand and navigate the global community. She is a Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Dedicated to advancing innovation and equity in higher education, the Futures Initiative champions public re-investment in higher education as a social good necessary for a progressive, democratic society.

Davidson has held two distinguished chairs at Duke University, in English and Interdisciplinary Studies, and she is the co-founder and director of the world’s first and oldest academic social network, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory ( or “haystack”). She received an Educator of the Year Award (2012) from the World Technology Network for “Visionary Contribution to Science and Technology in Education" and was granted the Ernest J. Boyer Award for Significant Contributions to Higher Education in 2016. She was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Obama in 2011, and she serves on the Board of Directors of Mozilla. A frequent speaker and consultant on institutional change, Davidson writes for the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, Times Higher Ed, and many others. She has published more than 20 books on technology, the history of the book, literature, education, and cognitive neuroscience, including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America and Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. Her newest book is called The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux.


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10/12/2017 - 7:00pm
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The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World In Flux Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465079728
Availability: available for order
Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017