UM Lecture to Focus on Future of Public Universities

January 31, 2017

MISSOULA – The past president of the American Sociological Association and the International Sociological Association will present a lecture exploring the crises facing public universities at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in UM’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law Room 101.

Michael Burawoy’s lecture, “Whose University? Reflections on the Future of the Public University,” will focus on the role and value of public universities. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“We are living in a time of the university in crisis, and rather than harken to a presumptive Golden Age, we have to plan alternative visions,” Burawoy said.

Burawoy holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago and is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1972, he has published widely on the labor process, political economy, ethnography and social theory, and he has presented at conferences and public lectures around the world, from Chicago to China. He has received a number of noteworthy awards, including two National Science Foundation grants, two Distinguished Teaching Awards and the Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Social Sciences award.

For more information call Dusten Hollist, UM sociology professor, at 406-243-2843 or email


Contact: Dusten Hollist, UM sociology professor, 406-243-2843,