From Workplace, a special issue on Narratives of Academic Labor. How big-time sports ate college life: Should a stadium (or court) be at the center of college culture? How football and basketball hijacked the American campus. Critics claim the SAT can be gamed — if that's the case, why are they still so important in college admissions? The disposable academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time. It is college and university leaders, not Occupy protesters, who have politicized issues of free speech, writes P.J. Rey. What is college for? Why preparing young people for jobs should be the business of high school, not college. Catherine Liu on her book American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique. Could apprenticeships replace college degrees? You aren't the exception: Nate Kreuter explains why so many grad students ignore warnings about the job market — and why that makes it even more important for Ph.D. programs to talk about the realities. An interview with Emery Petchauer, author of Hip-Hop Culture in College Students' Lives.
Joxerramon Bengoetxea (Basque Country): Seven Theses on Spanish Justice to Understand the Prosecution of Judge Garzon. From the Journal for Communication and Culture, Adrian Costache (UBB): On the Philosophical Styles of the Times: Some Questions Concerning the Meaning of Deconstruction; Dana Irina (UBB): A Culture of Human Rights and the Right to Culture; Adina Nicoleta Gavrila (UBB): Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished? Arguments For and Against the Centuries-Old Punishment; and Codruta Cuceu (RA): Milestones in the Critique of the Public Sphere: Dewey and Arendt. The real value of the international hacker imaginary is not just in the way it produces a general subject, but the way it self-authorizes to intervene in the social interest. An interview with Maria Popova, creator of Brain Pickings. The Alpha and the Omega of Risk — The Significance of Mortality: The first chapter from Acts of God and Man: Ruminations on Risk and Insurance by Michael Powers. For better government, don’t kill all the lawyers. David Ropeik on the psychology of why the government should limit our use of cell phones while we drive. A look at 5 "modern" medical procedures (are thousands of years old).
Chris Ashford (Sunderland): (Homo)Normative Legal Discourses and the Queer Challenge. From The Chronicle, a special section on Queer Studies, Queer 2.0 and the Q Factor. Surprisingly, queer theorists have rarely encountered Shakespeare — since neither the terms “queer” nor “theory” existed when Shakespeare was writing, how can we export the amalgam of those terms to his works? The myth of the tragic gay death: Parsing the controversy behind Andrew Embiricos. A UN milestone: LGBT rights treated as human rights. Michael Bronski on the meaning of LGBT history. A look at how advertising shapes the image of gayness in America. Kevin Hogan may be fired from his teaching job for having a porn past, but — asks teacher and porn actor Conner Habib — is anyone clear why? Catching up with Gert Jonkers: Looking back at 10 years of Butt upon the release of its final issue. Donovan Lessard on a critique of the "post-gay" thesis. Nadja Sayej on the gayest story ever told: Why did The New Yorker reject this R. Crumb cover?