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Monthly Archives: July, 2012

Plus ça change…

Three years before publication of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America in 1835, Frances Trollope, mother of Anthony (then not yet twenty), saw her Domestic Manners of the Americans reach print. It’s a delightful book, … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Importance of the University of Missouri Press

This is a guest post by Donna Potts, chair of the AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences and a professor of English at Kansas State University. On May 24, when the … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · 4 Comments

Trading Academic Freedom for Foreign Markets

By Marjorie Heins, founder, Free Expression Policy Project The current controversy over Yale University’s planned campus in Singapore is, at bottom, an argument over how much compromise on free speech … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Accuracy in Academia?

One of the interesting things about fishing in unknown waters is that you never quite know what will come up when you reel in the line. It has only been … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Lyceum Movement Online

The things we get most exciting about, the things we find most enticing and revolutionary, are also things most likely to be old–once you strip away the new skin. They … Continue reading

July 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

Reminder to Self: Get Out More

In the December 23, 1869 edition of The Nation, Francis Parkman wrote: The New England man of letters… was apt to be a recluse, ignorant of the world, bleached by … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Myths about Tenure

Ron Lipsman, a former senior associate dean at the University of Maryland, writes at Minding the Campus attacking tenure: “In effect, the only tenured professors who get the sack are … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Physical College

In a New York Times opinion piece that appeared last month, Jeff Selingo of The Chronicle of Higher Education lays out ‘urgent needs’ for American colleges and universities. There are many; we are not in … Continue reading

July 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

An Article I Really Haven’t Time For

A couple of months ago, someone sent me a link to an article from The Washington Post by David Levy called “Do College Professors Work Hard Enough?” It still rankles. Levy writes: Though faculty … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Responsibility Behind Academic Freedom

This is a version of a piece I posted six years ago on my own blog, One Flew East. I am offering it again now as a way of introducing … Continue reading

July 9, 2012 · Leave a comment



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