Jason M. Shepard (CSU Fullerton) and Kathleen Bartzen Culver (Wisconsin): Culture Wars on Campus: Academic Freedom, the First Amendment and Partisan Outrage in Polarized Times. Chad M. Oldfather (Marquette): The Scholar’s Dilemma. The Great Recession never ended for college humanities: Economic considerations weigh on students who came of age in the aftermath of the financial crisis. How much do professors work? One researcher is trying to find out. Under Trump, a hard test for Howard University. The introduction to Seeing the World: How US Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era by Mitchell L. Stevens, Cynthia Miller-Idriss and Seteney Shami (and more).

Cekic Nenad (Belgrade): Utilitarianism and the Idea of University: A Short Ethical Analysis. Instead of defending the SAT, let’s advocate a genuinely egalitarian education system: Admit everybody. Paul Campos on why college isn’t the answer to social inequality. The citation graph is one of humankind's most important intellectual achievements. James Fallows on the future of elite schools in the Trump era (and the future of blogging). How Liberty University built a billion-dollar empire online. Volunteers of the ivory tower: How academia exploits the labor — and love — of aspiring scholars. Books by immigrants, foreigners and minorities don’t diminish the “classic” curriculum — they enhance it.

Jelena Brankovic, Leopold Ringel, and Tobias Werron (Bielefeld): How Rankings Produce Competition: The Case of Global University Rankings. Nicholas Maxwell (UCL): The Scandal of the Irrationality of Academia. One group that definitely faces prejudice in college admissions: “I’m talking about introverts, of course”. Cardinal cons: Niall Ferguson, campus conservatives, and the victimization racket. Pay what you want: Scott McLemee explores a few — perhaps somewhat surprising — new pricing models for books and journals. What it’s like to be black on campus now. How social-media trolls turned U.C. Berkeley into a free-speech circus.

Adam Cook and Isaac Ehrlich (SUNY-Buffalo): Was Higher Education a Major Channel Through Which the Us Became an Economic Superpower in the 20th Century? Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: Left-wingers being fired for their opinions. Dani Rodrik on saying no to academic normalization of Trump. Sparky Abraham on how student debt is worsening gender and racial injustice. Yasmin Nair on how the dangerous academic is an extinct species.

Nicholas Maxwell (UCL): Do We Need an Academic Revolution to Create a Wiser World? The humanities are in crisis: Students are abandoning humanities majors, turning to degrees they think yield far better job prospects — but they’re wrong. Erik Bleich reviews Free Speech on Campus by Sigal R. Ben-Porath; and Free Speech on Campus by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman. Lee Konstantinou on Avital Ronell and the end of the academic star. You can download Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy Through the Liberal Arts, ed. Samuel Day Fassbinder, Anthony J. Nocella, and Richard V. Kahn (2012).


Josephine Ross (Howard): What the #MeToo Campaign Teaches About Stop and Frisk. Yitzhak Melamed (JHU): Does Eternity Have a Future? Heather Cox Richardson: “Sigh. @KevinMKruse and @TheTattooedProf and I drew straws, and I lost. OK. Here goes”. Ohio State scandal shows why victims don’t come forward. The politics of unhappiness: James McMahon on the surprising link between conspiracy theories and mental health. What does this professor know about conspiracy theorists that we don’t? The conspiracy memo about Obama aides that circulated in the Trump White House: The 2017 document, titled “The Echo Chamber,” accused former Obama officials of undermining the incoming Administration. The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) needs your help.


Neal Katyal on how the rule of law in Trump’s America seems safe — for now. Trump sure sounds like he’s thinking about whether to pardon Paul Manafort. Trump’s troubles are just getting started. Donald Trump is now implicated in criminal wrongdoing — but how will it end? Democrats don’t need to impeach President Trump to hold him accountable. Republicans are the ones who want to talk about impeachment (and more and more). Key Senate GOPers give Trump cover to fire Sessions after midterms (and more). “Donald Trump is so criminal and so intent on obstructing justice that he makes a racist like Jeff Sessions look like a good person for refusing to be ‘improperly influenced by political considerations’. The bar is so low to be good in the Trump administration”.

Donald Trump’s gangster ethic is perverting the jury system. Trump wants to ban flipping because he is almost literally a mob boss. President Trump brings mafia ethics to the GOP. Donald Trump talks like a mob boss — and reminds us he has no idea what he’s doing. If Trump shot Michael Cohen in broad daylight, here’s what Republicans would say. Tim Miller on the embarrassingly timid Trump opposition. The $30 trillion reason Republicans won’t turn on Trump: Wall Street hit a high the day Trump hit his low. These key Trump–Russia players are cashing in on outrage through GoFundMe.

By a 3-to-1 margin, Trump supporters embrace his personality over his policies. What the president’s supporters fear most isn’t the corruption of American law, but the corruption of America’s traditional identity. The most enduring scandal in and around the White House might not be corruption, but rather the administration’s constant embrace of bigotry from white-supremacist and far-right groups. Hamilton Nolan on how the Republican Party is existentially racist. Trump speechwriter’s ouster sparks racially charged debate. South Africa admonishes Trump’s racist conspiracy theory tweet (and more). The Republicans not the Russians are the biggest threat to American democracy. White House reportedly shut down bipartisan bill to fight election hacking.

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