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Kaner, Stalin, & the Fight Against Ignorance

BY TOM MCBRIDE Guest blogger Tom McBride is professor emeritus at Beloit College in Wisconsin. In Chicago there’s a sports talk radio station with a couple of afternoon hosts who insist that their callers think critically about the topic at hand. When Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey star, was accused of sexual assault, callers would…

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The Art of Avoiding Prosecution

BY MARTIN KICH Donald Trump keeps floating the fantasy that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will be derailed by her prosecution and possibly her imprisonment for using a private e-mail server while serving as Secretary of State. This fantasy is the current obsession on the Far Right, succeeding the one that dominated the first eight months…

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“Ethics Failures” at the University of California

BY HANK REICHMAN In the wake of embarrassing revelations about the astronomical sums paid to campus chancellors for “service” on corporate boards that may involve conflicts of interest, the University of California faced another embarrassment when the Dean of the Law School at Berkeley resigned yesterday amid a sexual harassment scandal.  Sujit Choudhry’s resignation as…

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Despicable

BY MARTIN KICH In an election cycle marked by unprecedented offensiveness, crassness, and obtuseness, this tweet from opponents of Tammy Duckworth’s senatorial candidacy in Illinois manages to descend to a new low point on all three counts: During her military service as a helicopter pilot in Iraq, Tammy Duckworth lost both of her legs. This…

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Academic Productivity

BY AARON BARLOW In a column for Inside Higher Ed this week, Philip Nel of Kansas State University creates a list of the reasons so many academics work so much. It’s an essay worth reading, not only because it flies in the face of the myth that professors lead lives of ease but because of…

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My College Professor Won the New Hampshire Primary

The following piece was written by Brett Mandel and published on his personal blog. It is re-posted here with his permission. _________________________ As an undergrad a quarter-century ago, I would have certainly told you that such a future outcome was as unlikely as Alexander Hamilton, himself, being the subject of a smash-hit rap musical.  Today,…

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Statement on Rob Latham by His Former Department

BY AARON BARLOW On January 26, I posted Professor Rob Latham’s statement concerning his possible firing to the University of California Board of Regents. Though tenured, he was fired. There has been great interest in Latham’s statement (as can be seen in the comments). In response, and after what I’ve heard was a contentious meeting,…