Later tonight, Tuesday, March 11th, 6pm at the UCSB Pollock Theater, the Carsey-Wolf Center presents a free screening of Frederick Wiseman‘s At Berkeley, a 2013 documentary that explores life at the flagship (and oldest) campus in the University of California system. UC Berkeley is widely recognized as “one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world.”

Courtesy UCSB Department of English.

UCSB Professor Chris Newfield.

After the four-hour movie, attendees are invited to stay for a Q&A with UC Santa Barbara Professor Janet Walker (Film & Media Studies), an expert on documentary cinema, and Christopher Newfield (Department of English), a Professor of literature and American Studies, and author of three book-length studies of contemporary higher education, including Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard, 2008).

On the Monday, March 10th edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” Newfield joined producer/host Ted Coe for an interview linked to tonight’s free public event.

Their conversation revealed the challenges facing the UC and public higher education more generally:

  • the dismantling of affordable higher education;
  • conservative attacks on intellect and science; and
  • bureaucratic entrenchment within university administrations. 

They reflected on the state of student/university activism. Newfield also expressed hope for restoration of the University’s fundamental mission of learning and enlightenment — inspired by his recent experiences directing study centers in France for UC’s Education Abroad Program — and for renewed public support.

Courtesy Carsey-Wolf Center.

AT BERKELEY (Tuesday, 3/11, 6pm at UCSB Pollock Theater).

Chris Newfield blogs on university funding and policy at Remaking the University ( (and elsewhere), and is a semi-regular contributor to KCSB’s weekly public-affairs program “No Alibis” (Wednesdays 9-11am).

To reserve free tickets for Tuesday night’s screening at the Pollock Theater, CLICK HERE.

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the winter from 11am-12noon.