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Reading for the Common Good

We are excited to announce the Reading for the Common Good program for the Fall 2020 semester. The program is designed to facilitate gatherings and conversation (a common good) in order to problems related to our lives together (the common good). 

Here’s how it works: Any SVHE member can request to participate with the requirement that he or she will gather 8-10 colleagues during the spring semester to discuss a book related to the theme of our summer meeting (we recommend monthly meetings). Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll buy the books for you!  The choice this semester is “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America
Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans–has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair–and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

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Spring 2020 Reading for the Common Good


Spring 2020 Reading for the Common Good

We are excited to announce the Reading for the Common Good program for the Spring 2020 semester. The program is designed to facilitate gatherings and conversation (a common good) in order to discuss issues or problems related to our lives together (the common good). 

Here’s how it works: Any SVHE member can request to participate with the requirement that he or she will gather 8-10 colleagues during the spring semester to discuss a book related to the theme of our summer meeting (we recommend monthly meetings). Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll buy the books for you!  This semester you can choose one of two books:

Joseph E. Aoun, Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Jessamyn Neuhaus, Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers

Contact Eric or Sandy for more information or request books.

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Renew your membership!

It’s October – time to renew your membership in SVHE. Click on Pay Dues to pay your dues now. You can also donate to our Annual Fund! New this year – both can be set-up on auto-renew; sign up and never wonder if your membership is active again.

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Fall Reading for the Common Good to begin!

Fall 2019
Reading for the Common Good

Our Reading for the Common Good program is designed to facilitate gatherings and conversation (a common good) in order to discuss issues or problems related to our lives together (the common good).

Here’s how it works: Any SVHE member can request to participate, with the requirement that he or she will gather 8-10 colleagues during the fall semester to discuss a book related to the theme of our summer meeting (we recommend monthly meetings).  The theme for our meeting next summer in Indianapolis is Reimagining Higher Education: The Future(s) of American Colleges and Universities. The meeting will take place from July 22-26, 2020 on the campus of IUPUI.

Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll buy the books for you!  

This semester you may pick one of the following:

Sarah Goldrick-Rab
Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream
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Tressie McMillan Cottom
Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit in the New Economy

If you are interested in starting a group contact Sandy or Eric.

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SVHE 2020 Conference Location and Dates

The SVHE conference will be held Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) from July 22 to July 26, 2020. The theme, building on work that will begin at the conference this summer, is Reimagining Higher Education: The Future(s) of American Colleges and Universities. More information will be available soon!

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Can Values be Taught through Style? Read what SVHE Fellow and Board Member Melly Howard thinks in the latest Forum post.

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New! SVHE Photo and Video Policy

Photo Policy & Opt-Out Form

We believe that using photos of members of all ages in our print and web publications fosters a greater sense of community. Photography and video recordings from the Annual Fellows of the Society for Values in Higher Education help SVHE to display the vibrancy and joy of our community. We use photos to enhance the quality of our print materials, newsletters, the svhe.org website, social media, publicity, and fundraising. We also use photos to further our efforts in education and outreach. As a participant in SVHE events, you have a right to opt out of inclusion in photographs/media, but unless a “Media Images Opt-Out Release” is signed and on file at the SVHE office with a reference image of the person opting out, participation in SVHE activities implies permission for the use of images taken at those events.

SVHE will never post images with identifying information such as name, email address, address, or family members’ names. No special compensation is provided to any individual included in images taken at SVHE events. SVHE does not contact individuals to notify them if or when their images is used by SVHE.

Individuals who have submitted a completed “Media Images Opt-Out Release” form should endeavor to alert photographers should they see someone in their vicinity taking pictures, so that they are not accidentally captured in crowd shots.

This opt-out form does not apply to photos that might be taken and used by others who attend the Fellows Meeting.

Complete and return this form to the SVHE Office ONLY if you do NOT give permission for your photo, audio, or video to appear in possible SVHE publications or publicity, including printings, social media, or the website. This opt out MUST be accompanied by a current photo of the individual. 

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Susan D. Blum to speak at 2019 conference @loyolachicago

We are excited to announce that the Thursday evening plenary at #FM2019 will be given by @susandebrablum.
Susan Blum is a Professor of Anthropology @NotreDame. Read more about her work at www.susanblum.com

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Spring 2019 Reading for the Common Good

Spring 2019 Reading for the Common Good

The Society for Values in Higher Education announces its Reading for the Common Good program for the Spring 2019 semester. The program is designed to facilitate gatherings and conversation (a common good) in order to discuss issues or problems related to our lives together (the common good).

Here’s how it works: Any SVHE member can request to participate with the requirement that he or she will gather 8-10 colleagues during the spring semester to discuss a book related to the theme of our summer meeting (we recommend monthly meetings). Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll buy the books for you!  This semester you can choose one of two books:

The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today’s College Campuses by William Egginton

“I Love Learning; I Hate School”: An Anthropology of College by Susan D. Blum

Contact Eric or Sandy for more information or request books.

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SVHE Discussion of possible name change