The Problem With Religious Tolerance

You can think a religious belief is wrong without being intolerant. It’s time to start recognizing the difference.

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Everyday Artificial Stupidity

Geoff Pullum thinks the appallingly dumb behavior of the machines that currently talk to us does not bode well for the future of intelligent devices.


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How to Teach in an Age of Distraction  

Human interaction and sustained introspection? There are no apps for those.

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A Lesson in 'Lessen'

Why not just say decrease? Lucy Ferriss, answering a discomfited reader, explains why a plethora of synonyms makes English so rich.


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Papal Language

Allan Metcalf pontificates about papa and pope and, of course, pontificate.

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A Healthful Perspective

Anne Curzan contemplates the fate of a usage rule that even passionate language enthusiasts generally don't seem to know anymore.


The Gravest Threat to Colleges Comes From Within

Intellectual freedom is what enlightens the world. Now students’ demands to stifle that freedom put higher education’s mission at risk.


Don’t Tell Me What’s Best for My Students

The decision whether or not to warn them about powerful material belongs in the classroom, with the instructor.


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The Humanities at the End of the World  

In a world of perpetual material insecurity, the humanities really are a luxury.


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How to Tame an Internet Troll

What would it take to bring civility to the web?


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Primo Levi's Invaluable Voice, in Full  

Primo Levi’s voice of compassionate reason is an antitoxin to our age of bluster and bilge.


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Millennials and the 'War on Terror'  

How has the “war on terror” affected the millennial mind-set?


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How I Became Invisible

History and historians are taken for granted. But if they have no future, you have no past.



Weekly Book List, October 2, 2015  

Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.


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On 'Diversity'

Ilan Stavans is a champion of, and has benefited from, efforts to promote diversity. But he has a problem with the word.



Professors may think they’re protected by academic freedom, but even the tenured should use social media with extreme caution.

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The Great Punkin Controversy

Ben Yagoda grew up in New York and never knew from punkin. How would you say the name of a large orange fruit plentiful at this time of year?



The Painful Lessons of Sweet Briar and Cooper Union  

Hard decisions are getting even harder for boards to make, thanks to interference from donors, alumni, and local politicians.

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Members Only

Are you faculty or a faculty member? Bill Germano looks for the individual in our campus collective nouns.