Hadley Arkes on Ave Maria University: A challenge among friends. Acts of Faith: Divinity grads aim to compensate for the chaos in contemporary society. Should we arm Christian campuses? David C. Cramer wonders. Faith and the cosmos: Can Catholic universities foster dialogue between religion and science? Humanities 2.0: New digital tools are bringing new ways to teach humanities courses, even Shakespeare. From THES, a review of Higher Education and the Public Good: Imagining the University by Jon Nixon; a review of The Public Value of the Humanities; and Urania's lessons for Clio: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto on the humanities' need for scientific insights. Gary Wills reviews All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly. Richard Arum on his and Josipa Roksa’s book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (and more). A review of The Campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights by David Horowitz. A look at five myths about liberal academia. Speaking untruth on behalf of corporate power: Leo Casey on academics in the service of union-busting. Tales of the unexpected: There's no such thing as a typical academic, but some have more unusual backgrounds than others. A review of In the Basement of the Ivory Tower by Professor X (and more). Collateral Damage: From John Dewey to the Ivory Tower of Babel in two easy steps. Are women’s colleges outdated? Tom Matlack thought women’s colleges were anachronistic — until he toured Barnard with his daughter. Why safety schools can be smart choices: Brand-name diplomas don't have much to do with success later in life. Grade point average (GPA) is a historical mistake in two senses, and there is no reason for its continued acceptance.
David J. Luban (Georgetown): Carl Schmitt and the Critique of Lawfare. From M/C Journal, a special issue on doubt, including David Macarthur (Sydney): Pragmatist Doubt, Dogmatism and Bullshit; Malcolm David Brown (USQ): Doubt as Methodology and Object in the Phenomenology of Religion; Catherine Simpson on Communicating Uncertainty about Climate Change: The Scientists’ Dilemma; Deb Waterhouse-Watson (Monash): (Un)reasonable Doubt: A "Narrative Immunity" for Footballers against Sexual Assault Allegations; and Ryszard Dabek on Jean-Luc Godard: The Cinema in Doubt. From Arts and Opinion, an interview with Linda McQuaig, author of The Trouble with Billionaires: Why Too Much Money at the Top Is Bad for Everyone; a review of Holy Shit: Managing Manure To Save Mankind by Gene Logsdon; Robert Lewis on Robert Mapplethorpe versus the heterosexual dictatorship; and should tolerance be tolerated? Tolerance is not a virtue, and it should not be promoted as such. Did Rupert Murdoch invent a tin foil thinking-cap? Rory McTurk discusses the Icelandic sagas, medieval Nordic history, and links to Anglo-Saxon England. Stumbling into bad behavior: How we get blinded to our ethical lapses — and those of others. A geek by any other name would smell: What we call our bookworms and how endearing we find them. When a politician or a marketer refers to “The People”, it’s best to run. Measurements that mislead: From the SAT to the NFL, the problem with short-term tests. An interview with Bryan Caplan, author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids (and more and more and more and more). Does visibility actually help? David Keith Searcy on televised popular culture and support for LGBT causes. An interview with Michael Newman, author of Indie: An American Film Culture.
What we talk about when we talk about the Internet: The computer is the liar that always tells the truth. Why Google isn't the new Microsoft: The search giant faces antitrust organizations reminiscent of the court case known as U.S. v. Microsoft, but the ultimate judge may well be consumers. Google’s Tarnished Chrome: The search and advertising company once seemed to do no wrong — now members of Congress aren’t so sure. Larry Page wants to return Google to its startup roots. Gizmodo on how Facebook is AOLifying the Internet — and that sucks. Twitter was act one: David Kirkpatrick gets press-shy visionary Jack Dorsey talking about his taxicab inspiration, his ejection as Twitter’s C.E.O., and his ambition to make Square the payment network of the future. The future of the internet: Will the Web have a place in a world full of apps? This tech bubble is different: Tech bubbles happen, but we usually gain from the innovation left behind; this one — driven by social networking — could leave us empty-handed. Investing like it's 1999: Some investors with memories of the Internet bust a decade earlier are wondering whether this sudden burst of activity spells danger for the industry once again. .Com is so 20th century: The brave new world of domain names will be dominated by everything from .Gucci to .NYC. Sex.com officially the most expensive domain name. ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the internet (and more). Why is LiveJournal still massive in Russia? What videos of babies getting clobbered say about the Internet. And the award for the most dead entertainment medium goes to the Web. Again the question: What does conspicuous Web consumption mean for the future of the Web?