The Left-Leaning Tower: Why conservatives steer clear of grad school. Left-leaning lecture halls: Universities like to think of their lecture series as extensions of the education that students get in their classrooms — unfortunately, they usually are. Paul Gottfried on character sketches of academic loons. Less academics, more narcissism: The University of California is cutting back on many things, but not useless diversity programs. English professors have long been straying far afield from literary studies, expanding into women’s studies, disability studies, ethnic studies, even fat studies — recently they have migrated into animal studies. In academia, new manifestations of gnosticism, a very old heresy, are found in English departments everywhere. Where trendy is 17th century: "Classical Christian" colleges turn to the Great Books curriculum in order to advance a small but growing sector of higher education. From The Catholic Thing, the historical situation in which we find ourselves — one of opposition to or avoidance of the Catholic nature of Catholic institutions of higher learning — has a long history; and moving the universities to get into the nitty-gritty of being called Catholic is fundamental to the Church’s presence in the larger pagan and agnostic culture. From Catapult, if the resurrection story has the power to shape everything we do, how does it shape the education of ourselves and our children? God is in the basement of the Empire State Building: Dinesh D’Souza, the new president of the city’s only Evangelical college, wants to build a “Christian A-team” — but can the man who says Obama supports radical Muslims persuade students to follow him? Reinventing religious life on campus: Religious identity has largely been replaced by ethnic and racial identities as markers of group membership and solidarity. A review of Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith and Get Ready for the Real World! by Alex Chediak.

From Aspeers, Jutta Schulze (Buenos Aires): A “Truth Like This”: Language and the Construction of Power and Knowledge in Vampire Fiction; and Martin Domke (Berlin): Into the Vertical: Basketball, Urbanization, and African American Culture in Early-Twentieth-Century America. Meet the original JWoww and Snooki, would-be stars of Bridge & Tunnel. More and more on 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann. The the national security state is the biggest threat to American liberty, but the tea party is blind to the danger — and so's the Obama left. The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Redux: Noam Chomsky on using privilege to challenge the state. Peter Singer on the troubled life of Nim Chimpsky. The NYT paywall is out of the gate fast: 281,000 paying digital subscribers in three months show readers will pay for quality news. A review of 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith by Sonia Arrison (and more). The other health care revolutions: The Affordable Care Act may have gotten all the attention, but American medicine will be transformed even more profoundly by forces that neither the government, insurance companies, nor even doctors themselves can fully tame. A review of Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times by Megan Boler. Footballer Joey Barton is a convicted criminal who's reinvented himself on Twitter, but do his tweets reveal him as a budding philosopher? (and more) With Hugues Lagrange’s book on “the denial of cultures”, culture has again become the focus of poverty studies. One case where market forces actually work: An interview with Roy Baumeister, author of Sexual Economics: A Research-Based Theory of Sexual Interactions, or Why the Man Buys Dinner.

Richard A. Easterlin (USC): The Happiness-Income Paradox Revisited. Daniel A. Farber (UC-Berkeley): Law, Sustainability, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Mariano Rojas (FLACSO) and Joar Vitterso (Tromso): Conceptual Referent for Happiness: Cross-Country Comparisons. Daniel M. Gropper and Jere T. Thorne (Auburn) and Robert A. Lawson (SMU): Economic Freedom and Happiness. From New Scientist, how to be happy (but not too much): A special report on our reasons to be cheerful. Meeting human needs: The good life is the fully human life, says Richard Norman. A review of Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science by Sissela Bok (and more). Teaching Happiness: The prime minister of Bhutan takes on education. A review of God Wants You Happy: From Self-Help to God's Help by Father Jonathan Morris. Happiness in not just a feeling, it is a signal to others about what might make them happier. A review of Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being and How to Achieve Them by Martin Seligman (and more and more and more). Stefan Sagmeister on seven rules for making more happiness. Does money buy happiness? Robert H. Frank, Justin Wolfers and Daniel Gilbert debate the economics of happiness. We haven’t become happier, the three scholars show in their new study, because we’ve become more unequal. A new and improved recipe for happiness: How a psychologist and Gallup updated Maslow's famous "hierarchy of needs". The pursuit of happiness: Can we have an economy of well-being? Happiness, philosophy and science: Before we can establish a science of happiness, we must agree on what happiness means — philosophy can help. Dan Ariely on how to maximise our prosperity and well-being.