What's the point of a professor?

A new issue of the Journal of Academic Freedom is out. From Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, a special issue on academic freedom and tenure, including Cary Nelson (Illinois): Dystopia is Now: The Threats to Academic Freedom; and K. Akrivou (Reading): Towards (More) Integrity in Academia, Encouraging Long-term Knowledge Creation and Academic Freedom. #WatchWhatYouSay: Professors may think they’re protected by academic freedom, but even the tenured should use social media with extreme

Paper Trail

In the wake of another mass shooting, this time at a college campus in Oregon, there has been disagreement over how journalists should proceed in reporting such events immediately after the fact, especially when using social media. In responding to the events in Oregon, the president made a statement that Vox calls “as angry as


Sex and Hysteria in the 1980s

Richard BeckIn the 1980s, an idea took hold throughout the US that very young children existed in a near-constant state of sexual danger. A moral panic ensued, in which many day-care workers were wrongly accused

Daily Review

Inside the American Injustice System

America’s justice system has been broken for a while. You can trace the development of our current blight of mass imprisonment—we have by far the highest incarceration rate in the world—in a nearly unbroken lineage from President Richard Nixon’s 1971 declaration of a “war on drugs,” through the disproportionate penalties for crack versus powder cocaine


Sylvère Lotringer

Few people can be said to have singlehandedly introduced a new body of thought to a foreign country, but that is precisely what the critic, professor, and Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer did throughout the 1970s and '80s.


Alex Mar on Witches of America


The Banality of Optimism

Terry Eagleton

Nations, like political creeds, can be upbeat or downbeat. Along with North Korea, the United States is one of the few countries on earth in which optimism is almost a state ideology. For large sectors of the nation, to be bullish is to be patriotic, while negativity is a species of thought crime.