craig calhoun appointed lse director
Social theory guru Craig Calhoun has been appointed LSE director. From the Guardian:
Calhoun, who starts at LSE in September 2012, has been president of the Social Science Research Council in New York since 1999. He has a doctorate in history and sociology from Oxford and a master’s in social anthropology from Manchester University.
Calhoun warns of the compromising effect of private donations on academia in an essay on the clearance of protesters from parks and university campuses.
He writes: “University presidents are also tasked with raising money from wealthy donors. This isn’t optional, partly because politicians have slashed public funding for higher education. Yet relying on private donations to make up the differences changes the character of universities. Among other things, it makes it less and less possible for them to offer public spaces for protest against the control of society by financial interests.”