In his new book, Professor Reinhold Martin reveals how universities have created and controlled knowledge for the past two centuries.

Reinhold Martin | Columbia News | March 31, 2021

What do the practices and systems that have shaped institutions of higher learning in the United States—from the Ivy League and women’s colleges to historically black colleges and land-grant universities—teach us about the production and distribution of knowledge? Addressing media theory, architectural history, and the history of academia, Knowledge Worlds: Media, Materiality, and the Making of the Modern University, by Professor Reinhold Martin, who teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, reconceives the university as a media complex through which knowledge is made, conveyed, and withheld.

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