A Novel by Lawrence S. Wittner
What’s Going On at UAardvark? provides a lively, irreverent tale of how an increasingly corporatized, modern American university becomes the site of a rambunctious rebellion that turns the nation’s campus life upside down.
Along the way, there are hilarious encounters with a playboy university president, bizarre U.S. military commanders, poetry-writing Hells Angels, foul-mouthed, decadent students, an unusually avaricious corporate titan, gun-toting “Christian Patriots,” a schizophrenic FBI director, hypocritical politicians, a witch-like union leader, and a host of other zany characters. All in all, What’s Going On at UAardvark? sets readers off on a comic romp through what has become a serious issue in contemporary America: the corporate takeover of higher education.
"Humorous, insightful... Wittner...shows what can happen when school administrators begin invoking business models. . . . A well-paced university novel, certain to provide academics with many knowing chuckles."
“Lawrence Wittner has channeled the spirits of Kurt Vonnegut, Charlie Chaplin, Woody Allen, Jon Stewart, the Serb kids who overthrew Milosevic, and at least two of the Three Stooges into this delightfully dystopic, comic novel. If you enjoy the bursting of pretensions and political pratfalls, you’ll love this story. But if you expect our “betters” to be respected for the Superior Beings they believe they are, this funny little book is not for you.”
-Professor Tom Hastings, Portland State University and
former President, Peace & Justice Studies Association
“Observers of academic life will recognize key aspects of the contemporary U.S. university scene in this dystopian send-up—the campus takeover by Fortune 500 corporations; MBA modeling of the college “product” and “brand”; a campus president who relishes revenge against a brighter faculty; the bored and drugged student body; the abolition of liberal arts courses; and the effort to eliminate full-time, tenured faculty. The uproarious revolt that occurs against this new university model will inspire wishful thinking among many of us.”
-Professor Sandi Cooper, President, Faculty Senate,
City University of New York
About the author
Lawrence S. Wittner, Professor of History emeritus at the State University of New York/Albany, is an award-winning writer and political activist who taught for 43 years on college and university campuses, in the United States and abroad.