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The Moral University,' a New Book by Maurice and Clair Berube, Due Out This Month

A former Old Dominion University professor and an ODU graduate examine the ways that schools act morally toward students, faculty, their communities and the nation in a new book, "The Moral University," which is being released May 19 by Rowman & Littlefield.

Maurice R. Berube, eminent scholar emeritus and professor emeritus of educational leadership, and Clair T. Berube, an assistant professor of education and continuing studies at Hampton University, who holds a doctorate in education from ODU, are the husband-wife authors of the book, the second on which they have collaborated. They previously co-wrote "The End of School Reform."

"The Moral University" considers the effectiveness of moral reasoning courses in the curriculum and the growth of leadership courses. The book deals with the myriad ways in which universities act positively toward their communities. It also examines the involvement of universities in national projects.

Moreover, the Berubes examine how students and faculty are treated, especially in terms of gender bias. The book concludes on a positive note with a model moral university.

Their book includes quotes from ODU's two most recent presidents - Roseann Runte and James V. Koch - and its current president, John R. Broderick.

In his review of the book, Henry Giroux, the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, writes: "Higher education is under siege by a number of forces ranging from corporate and military interests to those who want to remove any vestige of democratic values from the academy. 'The Moral University' provides a robust history, set of critical narratives, and engaging arguments against these dangerous positions.

"It also offers readers one of the best arguments we have as to why matters of ethics, public values, and social responsibility are integral to how we both define the university and create the formative educational culture necessary for any viable notion of democracy. This is a much needed book and should be read by everyone concerned not just with higher education but with democratic values and an aspiring democracy."

This article was posted on: May 13, 2010

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