The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:57:12 EDT <![CDATA[In the Courts, an Imperfect Solution to Segregation’s Long Shadow]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145865/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-the-Courts-an-Imperfect/145865/ Systems with a history of de jure segregation should confront the past and take charge of the changes necessary to bring the systems into compliance with the Constitution.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Is Philosophy Obsolete?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145837/ http://chronicle.com/article/Is-Philosophy-Obsolete-/145837/ No. It helps make us coherent to ourselves, and that’s a never-ending project. 

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Oxford in the Fifties]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145841/ http://chronicle.com/article/Oxford-in-the-Fifties/145841/ A literary critic recalls a daunting realm of elitism and eccentricity. 

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Paper Pushers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145839/ http://chronicle.com/article/Paper-Pushers/145839/ C. Wright Mills foresaw the plight of today’s politically feeble, emotionally brittle white-collar masses.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The New Academic Celebrity]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145845/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-New-Academic-Celebrity/145845/ Theory thumpers are so 90s. What TED and the rest of the “ideas” circuit prize are upbeat wizards of science and social science.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, April 18, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145899/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-April-18/145899/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Heads Together]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145835/ http://chronicle.com/article/Heads-Together/145835/ Online or off, learning’s more successful when it’s more social.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Academic Inequality and the Star System]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145843/ http://chronicle.com/article/Academic-Inequalitythe/145843/ Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT <![CDATA[Book Review: Color Her Complex]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145847/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-Color-Her-Complex/145847/ The interwar memoirs of the expat Anita Reynolds reflect her puckish parrying of racial categorization.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Moral Panic in Literary Studies]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145757/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Moral-Panic-in-Literary/145757/ English departments that embrace a 1950s-era curricular paradigm are worried, and rightly so, as the comp-rhet crowd makes its mark.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[College Is Still for Creating Citizens]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145759/ http://chronicle.com/article/College-Is-Still-for-Creating/145759/ Higher education should go beyond preparing students for the workplace, say two educators at Oberlin.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Bringing the Locker Room Into the Classroom]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145761/ http://chronicle.com/article/Bringing-the-Locker-Room-Into/145761/ Watching a good coach at work opened one professor’s eyes to a new way of teaching.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, April 11, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145695/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-April-11/145695/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[The Upside of Narcissism]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145683/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Upside-of-Narcissism/145683/ When American social critics adopted the psychoanalytic concept almost a half-century ago, they forgot the good part.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[A Caricature, Not a Critique]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145669/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Caricature-Not-a-Critique/145669/ The author of "Through a Screen Darkly" challenges Toby Miller’s review.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Do We Know Philip Roth?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145671/ http://chronicle.com/article/Do-We-Know-Philip-Roth-/145671/ He’s sprinkled doppelgängers all over his work. But they amount to an ingenious camouflage.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Alone in the Cosmos]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145677/ http://chronicle.com/article/Alone-in-the-Cosmos/145677/ Fine, so Earth is a speck of cosmological dust. But it’s our speck, and we should prioritize accordingly.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Review: Taking Heed of the Heartland]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145675/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-Taking-Heed-of/145675/ Jon K. Lauck has written a history of Midwestern histories.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Alumni Relations: a Horror Story]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145673/ http://chronicle.com/article/Alumni-Relations-a-Horror/145673/ Dear alma mater, if you’re going to interrupt my dinner 
and patronize me, at least get my name right. 

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Restructuring Might Succeed Where Regulation Flounders]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145613/ http://chronicle.com/article/Restructuring-Might-Succeed/145613/ States' corporate laws might be more effective than embattled federal regulations at focusing for-profit colleges on student success.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, April 4, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145627/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-April-4/145627/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Generational Preferences]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145571/ http://chronicle.com/article/Generational-Preferences/145571/ Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT <![CDATA[Generation Jones]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145569/ http://chronicle.com/article/Generation-Jones/145569/ Neither boomer nor Gen X, an age group's identity has become sandwiched between stereotypes.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Don’t Rob the Social Sciences of Peer Review and Public Dollars]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145611/ http://chronicle.com/article/Don-t-Rob-the-Social/145611/ A proposed bill threatens to dismantle behavioral research in the United States.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Deconstructing 
Paul de Man’s Critics]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145553/ http://chronicle.com/article/Deconstructing-Paul-de/145553/ The editor of Legacies of Paul de Man criticizes Carlin Romano’s take, and Romano replies.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Embrace the Unexplained]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145557/ http://chronicle.com/article/Embrace-the-Unexplained/145557/ Materialism constricts our study of consciousness, but mystery compels it.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT