Guest lecturer Tressie McMillan Cottom will give a talk based on her critically-acclaimed book Lower Ed, which examines credentialing in higher education.
Cottom is assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She serves on dozens of academic and philanthropic boards and publishes widely on issues of inequality, work, higher education and technology. In 2017, the professional association Sociologists for Women in Society awarded her the Feminist Activist award for using sociology to improve the lives of women. Her research on higher education, work, and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.
Cottom will deliver a second lecture, open to the campus community, on Thursday, Oct. 19: "Being a 21st Century Scholar in the Digital Age"