Blog Watch: Wendell Berry cited on cultural crisis
Berry essay included in "The CAFO Reader"

More thought about Wendell Berry's papers controversy

Though the story has largely been seen as a repudiation by Berry, a tireless coal activist throughout his public life in Kentucky, of UK’s position on coal, the author’s divestment from UK was in fact rooted in a more fundamental disagreement with his alma mater: the university’s quixotic quest for becoming a “Top 20 Research University” by the year 2020, a process that has meant, Berry has argued, the sacrifice of state needs and resources for national and global interests and pursuits. For Berry, the Coal Lodge is just the most visible symptom; the disease is the neoliberal UK Top 20 Mission.



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