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Week of September 9, 2013

Hovey lecture to explore changes in higher education

Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education and alumna of the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, will deliver the 28th Graham Hovey Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Sept.19 in the Wallace House Gardens. Her lecture “What is College For, Anyway?” will examine the changes in higher education over the past two decades and the worth of a college degree today.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the leading source for news, information and jobs for college and university faculty and administrators. The Chronicle is published online every weekday and is seen by more than 1.9 million unique visitors monthly.

McMillen became editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education in August 2011. Previously, she was a senior editor supervising the paper’s coverage of scholarship, research and publishing and reported on faculty issues. She also is the founding editor of the Chronicle Careers website.

McMillen attended the University of Durham on a Rotary International Fellowship and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. As a Knight-Wallace Fellow at Michigan (1997-98), McMillen studied the culture wars between journalism and academics.

The annual lecture honors Knight-Wallace alumni whose subsequent careers exemplify the benefits of sabbatical studies at U-M. It is named for the late Graham Hovey, director of the fellowship program from 1980-1986 and a distinguished journalist for The New York Times.

The Hovey Lecture is open to the public. A reception hosted by Regent Andrea Fischer Newman, current chair of the Board of Regents, follows the lecture.

For more information and to RSVP, call (734) 998-7666.

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