From the Graduate Journal of Social Science, a special issue on Interdisciplinarity and the "New" University. From LRB, from Robbins to McKinsey: Stefan Collini on the dismantling of the universities. From Arena, an article on the idea of the university, out of the shadow of the neo-liberal academy. An interview with Benjamin Ginsberg, author of The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters (and more). Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring on how to save the traditional university, from the inside out. Storm the Ivies, revolutionaries of North America — nationalize them into submission, kick away the American plutocracy’s favorite ladder and watch a thousand flowers bloom. A review of Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation. Redefining the public university: Michael Burawoy on developing an analytical framework. Are Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other Ivy League schools worth the high cost? From University World News, do rankings promote trickle down knowledge? Ellen Hazelkorn wants to know; and are rankings driving university elitism? The importance of college is a self-fulfilling prophecy: As long as employers insist that a degree is necessary, it will continue to be. In a brutal job market, maybe we need to rethink what we teach: Is it time to kill the liberal arts degree? From Public Sphere Forum, why are there business schools in universities? A review of Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds by Steven J. Brams. Overeducated, underemployed: William Pannapacker on how to fix humanities grad school (and more). The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s: Call it credentials inflation — a four-year degree may not cut it anymore. While global elites continue their cynical assault on higher education unabated, the global student movement shows us that another world is possible.
Jaime S. King (Hastings): And Genetic Testing for All: The Coming Revolution in Prenatal Genetic Testing. Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Circumstances of Civility. From The Atlantic Monthly, the idea factory: What happens when you gather the world’s most imaginative minds under one roof?; and where the skills are: In today’s expanding cities, social skills are becoming ever more essential to economic growth. Persepolis as a political compass: Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, an Ahmadinejad loyalist, is trying to inspire Iranian society with new ideas — to do so, he is plundering Iran's pre-Islamic history. James O’Keefe is out to get the liberal establishment, one embarrassing video at a time. A review of Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things by Steven Connor. Where did Earth's water come from? A review of The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature. Look God, No Hands: Dirty Girls Ministries is on a crusade against the evils of female masturbation (and more). From the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, Jeremias Wells on Tragedy, Prophecy and Divine Providence (and part 2, part 3, part 4a and part 4b). If comic books are the grand myths of modern culture, why are superhero movies so boring? Here’s how to save them: unleash the auteurs. The first chapter from Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters by Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson. Why is the Christian Right anti-tax, anti-Fed, pro-defense, etc.? From A(rmy Soldier) to Z(ookeeper): What people don't get about my job. The sexuality of androgynous singing: What is it that makes gender-ambiguous voices so different and appealing? YouTube killed performance art: In the Internet age, when the line between "happenings" and publicity stunts has blurred, can performance art still resonate with the public?
An interview with David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Keith Roberts on his book The Origins of Business, Money, and Markets. Before the industrial revolution, economists considered output to be fundamentally constrained by the limited supply of land; Tony Wrigley explores how the industrial revolution managed to break free from these shackles. From New Left Project, Pat Hudson on a new history of the Industrial Revolution. The story of barbed wire on the American plains shows that technological improvements, not just legal agreements, can help secure property and thus foster investment and prosperity. Youssef Cassis on his book Crises and Opportunities: The Shaping of Modern Finance. From Political Affairs, John Batchell on three irresolvable crises of capitalism. Paul Gilding on how our current model of economic growth is driving us over the cliff. From n+1, Stephen Squibb on the origins of the crisis. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): The Crisis in Context: Democratic Capitalism and its Contradictions. How much of the economic crisis is real? Economic headlines are often misleading. Is capitalism doomed? Nouriel Roubini investigates. Financial capitalism has lost its legitimacy — the spiral of ever-increasing national debt and Wall Street speculation must be broken and we must speak up against rhetorical embellishments that try to sell "business as usual" as the only option. The recent global financial crisis has been wasted thus far; political crises — and not economic turmoil — that actually bring about reforms. Luigi Zingales on the perverse politics of financial crisis. Researchers have long noted variations from country to country in citizens’ feelings about redistribution — is the gap the product of different economic institutions and situations, or is it something economics can’t account for, culture?