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A NEJHE Q&A with Veteran Diplomat Richard Haass on Globalization, Higher Ed and The World: A Brief Introduction

NEBHE President Michael K. Thomas and NEJHE Executive Editor John O. Harney were pleased to sit down (via Zoom given the deep days of the pandemic) for a conversation with Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) President Richard Haass about his views on globalization, higher education and his latest book, The World: A Brief Introduction. Here are a few of his key insights.
Recently from The New England Journal of Higher Education

The executive editor invites readers on a tour of the NEJHE beat. Among the stops: The U.S. population grew last decade at its slowest pace since the 1930s, the Census Bureau reports, and the growth was entirely among people who identified as Hispanic, Asian, Black or more than one race ... a New England college president says it's a "no-brainer" to house Afghan refugees after America's longest war. ... New England college openings rejoin college closings in the higher ed conversation ... honorary degrees have become kindling for culture wars ... Amazon offers to pay for education while battling accusations of running dangerous workplaces ... a new partnership explores how land grant universities in New England occupy the land of Indigenous communities.

From time to time, NEJHE revives the presentation of facts and figures called “Data Connection” that we had published quarterly for nearly 20 years in the print editions of The New England Journal of Higher Education, formerly known as Connection. In this edition, themes include the high ranks of two New England. states in Haitian population, the gender gap in earnings, and the changing profile of college sports.
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