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Authors bring higher ed and healthcare hot topics to campus

Jeff Selingo and Theresa Brown to discuss recent books

Feb 15, 2016
From staff reports

The College of Health Sciences and Professions is bringing two noted authors to campus in February and March to discuss higher education and healthcare issues and solutions.

On Feb. 23, CHSP and the Provost’s Office will cosponsor former Chronicle of Higher Education Editor Jeff Selingo, who will discuss his most recent book, “College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students.”

Called “one of the most respected observers of American higher education,” Selingo reflects on the various trends and issues that will define the future of higher education. He raises a number of provocative thoughts regarding today’s college students and how institutions can most effectively respond to the dramatically shifting environment for higher education in America.

Selingo will discuss what students and parents should look for when trying to select the “right college” and the crucial role of technology in increasing access to high quality education regardless of budget or location.

Whereas Selingo takes a broad view of his topic, former English graduate and current critical-care nurse Theresa Brown, in “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives,” takes an intimate, personal approach to a profession that faces issues similar to those of higher education: how to successfully balance business realities with a humanitarian mission, and the advantages and disadvantages that technology presents.

As she will discuss during the lecture on March 30, both Brown and her patients have experienced first-hand the challenges of modern healthcare, which have led to patients fearing drug-resistant infections and to Brown working 12 hours straight, often skipping meals and breaks to make sure questions are answered, comfort is offered and medicines are given on time.

By inviting readers to join her “on the floor,” Brown puts a human face on such abstract issues as professional respect, interdisciplinary approaches to treatment, the complexity of treating cancer and the financial aspects of medicine at every level.

Both authors will also meet with students on campus and will answer questions after each lecture.

Selingo will speak at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Baker Center 240-242. His lecture is going to be livestreamed at

Brown will speak at noon, Wednesday, March 30, at Walter Hall Rotunda. For more information contact Jenni Young