An interview of Newman University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Austin, Ph.D. about his recent book That’s Not What They Meant! will be featured on the C-SPAN II TV program “After Words” beginning at 10 p.m. on Jan. 12 (EST). According to Austin, his book “is an examination of how contemporary politicians and commentators use a mythic version of our founding history rather than real history in order to make present arguments seem like they are historical arguments.” The program will also air at 9 p.m. on Jan. 13 (EST) as well as 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Jan. 14 (EST).
Austin is an accomplished author with six books to his credit, including a bestselling college history textbook. He currently writes about American history and contemporary issues. He received a doctorate in English literature in 1997 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. From 1997-2008, he served as professor of English, chair of the Department of English, and dean of Graduate Studies at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He joined Newman University as provost and professor of English in June 2008.