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“Organizing within Our Changing Profession”

Academe: September-October 2014 Volume 100, Issue 5 FEATURES Overcoming the Challenges of Contingent Faculty Organizing By David Kociemba Organizing for Advocacy By Miranda Merklein Making a Tangible Difference in Campus Culture … Continue reading

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Halloween College Parking Special: Warning, Sobriety Could Result

In the spirit of Halloween, mischief its obligatory companion, it is only suitable to note the labyrinthine ways of parking instructions on college campuses all across America. In honor of … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Political Polarization and Trust in Media Sources

The following chart is taken from a new report by the Pew Research Center, measuring public trust, by political ideology, in various media outlets. The takeaways from this survey are … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 1 Comment


In Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010, Charles Murray argues that the “elite” ought to get out more. He has no quarrel with the idea or efficacy of … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

ACTA’s 2014 “What Will They Learn” Rankings

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has released its annual ranking of American colleges and universities. The ranking purport to reflect what students will learn at the institutions: … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Ray Rice, Jameis Winston and Halloween All Year Round

It is not the toothless grin of the jack-o’-lantern, a name that will give even the most fastidious punctuators among us a shiver with its strange hyphen and accent mark … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ranking the Worst Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

This month’s issue of Washington Monthly includes a thoughtful article by Ben Miller in which he attempts to compile such rankings and, in fact, provides several alternative lists of the … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 15-17.

  Grey, Zane.  Riders of the Purple Sage.  New York: Harper, 1912. Trained as a dentist, Grey had a practice in New York City from 1896 to 1904.  But in … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Growing Up: Boston’s Colleges and Universities and the 2024 Summer Olympics

The US Olympic Committee has selected Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Boston as finalists for the US bid for the 2024 Olympics, with a decision announced in 2017. While … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

The “Slow” Decline of the Elite Scholarly Journal

The elite scholarly journals, long the gatekeepers of the ivory tower, have been losing their effectiveness this last decade or so–in their gatekeeping role, at least. As these journals increasingly … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Defeat for School “Reform”

In what may hopefully be a small sign that the tide could be turning against a corporate-funded K-12 school “reform” movement that thrives on autocratic administration and the denigration of … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

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