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Michael Berube

“Talking Out of School: Academic Freedom and Extramural Speech”

Michael Bérubé

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature
Chair of the University Faculty Senate
Pennsylvania State University

March 29, 2019
2:00 p.m.
City Union Auditorium


  • Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up
  • The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read
  • The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments
  • The Left at War
  • Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities
  • What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and "Bias" in Higher Education
  • The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies
  • Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child*
  • Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics
  • Marginal Forces/Cultural Centers: Tolson, Pynchon, and the Politics of the Canon

a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 1996 and  chosen as one of the best books of the year by Maureen Corrigan of National Public Radio


  • American Association of University Professors’ Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2009 to 2018
  • AAUP National Council, 2005 to 2011
  • International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, 2011 to 2017
  • President of the Modern Language Association, 2012
  • Director of Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities, 2010 to 2017