From University World News, at its Leaders Conference in Madrid, the Talloires Network explored whether universities can and should be an active partner in political transition; the growing use of English as the lingua franca of higher education is placing huge pressures on non-English academics while those who succeed in the mainstream may "perish locally"; and not much good news from the man who possibly has the best snapshot of international academic rankings in his head — but regardless of its usefulness, is it at all possible to produce a good ranking? A review of For the University: Democracy and the Future of the Institution by Thomas Docherty. Are professors cash cows or intellectual leaders? Ideas in the ascendant: In an online age, truth is more unbundled than ever — that makes higher education more important than ever. Ann Blair on her book Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age. From THE, at a Unesco forum, Matthew Reisz hears about the hunger for libraries, corporate creep, and what should and should not be archived on the net; with scholars exploring digital platforms to make their work more available, a look at possible replacements for the monograph; and a review of Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education by Ann Mullen. A review of The Faculty Lounges: and Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Paid For by Naomi Schaefer Riley (and more). Faculty immobility in the new economy: Imagine the star system if no one could go anywhere. Clothes make the humanities professor: Yes, teachers can dress like slobs — but that doesn't mean they should. Very few universities have had realistic "action figures" made of their faculties and staff — one exception is the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas.
Katerina Linos (Berkeley): Diffusion through Democracy. It's a Jersey Thing: How do we grasp the subjectivity of Snooki and do we really want to? Scott McLemee anticipates a conference on the shore. From Democracy, a special section on fostering entrepreneurship. From The New Inquiry, a dialogue between Teach, an adjunct philosophy instructor at a public university in New York, and Cheat, who has authored over 100 papers for pay; and a conversation between Helena Fitzgerald and Malcolm Harris on the pictures and practices of internet nudity. Hugh Pope discusses the legacy of Ataturk, Turkey's convergence with Europe and why no book has yet been written on Erdogan and the AKP. Sorry about your generation: Today’s young women are scared to commit because Mel Gibson may attack them, and today’s mothers should keep their opinions to themselves. How to think about Tea Party economics: An interview with Barry Eichengreen, author of Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System. If the century-long battle over Lenin's old commanding heights should teach us anything, it is that the extent of government control over the key sectors of a nation's economy matters tremendously to that nation's eventual success. How Britain's Guardian is making journalism history: From WikiLeaks to News of the World's closure, the trust-owned newspaper has shifted how Britons see the role of the media. Welcome to Camp Weewatchu: Beneath the swimming, archery, and tie-dye, summer camp is something else — a perfect lab. AOL Hell: An AOL content slave speaks out. Will the library of the future be a reliquary of precious artifacts or the information processor that obliterates them?
From NYU Press, the introduction to Business as Usual: The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown; the introduction to The Deepening Crisis: Governance Challenges after Neoliberalism; and the introduction to Aftermath: A New Global Economic Order?, all edited by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian. A review of The Futures: The Rise of the Speculator and the Origins of the World’s Biggest Markets by Emily Lambert. Wall Street banks are lining up against a derivatives regulation in the Dodd-Frank Act — teaming up with Republicans, they may prove that procrastination ultimately prevails. Bob Rodriguez, the man who sees another crash: He's the mutual fund manager with the best record in the past quarter-century, and he correctly predicted the last two stock market crashes. New York City’s top prosecutor Peter Bharara takes on Wall Street crime. Paul Krugman and Robin Wells review Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present by Jeff Madrick (and more). If economic crises make the short-run pains of reforms easier to bear, then crises could yield considerable long-run benefits, but the recent global financial crisis has been wasted thus far — political crises and not economic turmoil that actually bring about reforms. Was economics caught unawares when the worst crisis since the Great Depression threatened three years ago? The answer seems to be both yes and no. An interview with Sheila Bair, departing chairwoman of the FDIC. Keynes’ General Theory is 75 years old — many of its insights and lessons are still relevant today, but many have been forgotten. A review of How Capitalism Will Save Us by Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames. If financial deregulation looks like such a bad idea now, why didn’t it back in the 1990s?