The Hustling Culture of International Education: Conference Sessions for Sale

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Here’s my latest article, this time on LinkedIn.  This introduction might whet your appetite for more (or not):  

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?

-Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835

This prescient observation by Alexis de Tocqueville is a reference to the US as a “nation of hustlers,” a theme that various historians and social critics, including Morris Berman and Walter McDougall, have embraced and explored in their work. Not surprisingly, this mercenary mindset has also infected the field of international education in the US, including its non-profit wing. 

Shalom (שלום), MAA