Coming Soon! 

An updated edition of The New Education, with a new Introduction and an Appendix designed for higher education leaders and innovators. Available in paperback, Spring 2022, from Basic Books!

A leading educational thinker argues that the American university is stuck in the past—and shows how we can transform it for our era of constant change.

“The New Education is an inspiring, well-researched, and compelling manifesto for a revolution in learning and teaching. It is a book for everyone who wants to understand why and how universities need to be reimagined for the 21st century—those who have been “educated” and those who aspire to be. It is the most important book I have read in many years.”
—Tony Wagner, Harvard University i-lab Expert in Residence, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators

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In honor of the publication of The New Education, the author contributes to a scholarship fund created at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

The New Education is the 2019 Recipient of the Frederic W. Ness Book Award  from the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Cathy N. Davidson, an educational innovator and a distinguished scholar of the history of technology, is an avid proponent of active ways of learning that help students to understand and navigate the radically changed global world in which we now all live, work, and learn. Davidson is Distinguished Professor of English and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the R. F. DeVarney Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University where she served as Duke’s (and the nation’s) first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Davidson is the cofounding director (2002-2017, now co-director) of HASTAC (“Haystack”), Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory.  She is on the Board of Directors of Mozilla and served on the National Council of the Humanities as an appointee of President Barack Obama (2011-2017). She is the 2016 recipient of the Ernest J. Boyer Award for Significant Contributions to Higher Education, she champions new ideas and methods for learning and professional development–in school, in the workplace, and in everyday life.

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