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Adam Michaels and Jeffrey T. Schnapp
Jeffrey T. Schnapp
American History, Art History, Avant-garde, Bibliography, Editing, Graphic Design, Higher Education, Humanism, Innovation, Interdisciplinarity, Liberal Arts, Libraries, Marshall McLuhan, Modernism, Sociology, VC
In a new installment of our series on the role of liberal arts education in contemporary society, co-authors Adam Michaels, principle designer at Project Projects and founder of Inventory Press, and Jeffrey T. Schnapp (VC'75), Co-director of the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society and Faculty Director of the Harvard Graduate School of Design's knowledge design studio metaLAB, talk about their reissue of Blueprint for Counter Education (Inventory, 2016). "Perhaps one of the most extraordinary books ever issued by an American commercial publisher.” —Richard Kostelanetz. "Blueprint for Counter Education is one of the defining (but neglected) works of radical pedagogy of the Vietnam War era. Originally published in 1970 and integrated into the design of the Critical Studies curriculum at CalArts, the book was accompanied by large graphic posters that could serve as a portable learning environment for a new process-based model of education, and a bibliography and checklist that map patterns and relationships between radical thought and artistic practices—from the avant-gardes to postmodernism—with Marcuse and McLuhan serving as points of anchorage."