The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:31:30 EDT <![CDATA[MOOC U: The Revolution Isn't Over]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149039/ http://chronicle.com/article/MOOC-U-The-Revolution-Isnt/149039/ But it’s time for the primary players to assess their role in the academic ecosystem.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Despite Athletic Excesses, the Academic Mission Prevails]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149031/ http://chronicle.com/article/Despite-Athletic-Excesses-the/149031/ A display of academic might at one conference's headquarters is a refreshing surprise in today’s commercialized athletic world.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Life in Death Valley]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148983/ http://chronicle.com/article/Life-in-Death-Valley/148983/ An ecologist revels in the desert's spare vitality.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, October 3, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149047/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-October-3/149047/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Green Day]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148985/ http://chronicle.com/article/Green-Day/148985/ An unstable color has its moment in an unstable world.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA['Subirdia']]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148981/ http://chronicle.com/article/Subirdia/148981/ Wildlife researchers turn to not-so-wild places.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[NYU Eats World]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148979/ http://chronicle.com/article/NYU-Eats-World/148979/ An alumna laments the rise of an imperial university.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Plato's War on Play]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148987/ http://chronicle.com/article/Platos-War-on-Play/148987/ And today's classrooms reflect him in all the wrong ways.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Why Academics' Writing Stinks]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148989/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Academics-Writing-Stinks/148989/ Scholars aren't penalized for convoluted prose. But the problem runs deeper.

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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, September 26, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148941/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-September/148941/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:06:00 EDT
<![CDATA[What 'Lean In' Leaves Out]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148843/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-Lean-In-Leaves-Out/148843/ Feminism is about more than personal success.

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Vengeance Evolved Into Law]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148847/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Vengeance-Evolved-Into-Law/148847/ A new book, filled with dark truths and unpleasant findings, explains the evolutionary basis for punishment.

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Madness and the Muse]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148845/ http://chronicle.com/article/Madnessthe-Muse/148845/ Has too much been made of a link between madness and creativity?

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[After Illinois’s Administrative Fiasco, Questions Remain]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148853/ http://chronicle.com/article/After-Illinois-s/148853/ For instance, can a university claim to subscribe to principles of academic freedom and then ignore them?

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Divestiture Is Nothing but a Distraction]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148789/ http://chronicle.com/article/Divestiture-Is-Nothing-but-a/148789/ To do something about climate change, now is the time to move beyond symbolism and create a movement driven by young people.

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[In Sexual-Misconduct Cases, Hear the Facts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148783/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Sexual-Misconduct-Cases/148783/ Efforts to punish offenders must be balanced by an equally passionate commitment to disciplined, impartial fact-finding.

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A New Obstacle for Students With Disabilities]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148795/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-New-Obstacle-for-Students/148795/ By opposing a reauthorization provision that would establish equal access to technology, the American Council on Education is turning its back on students who need help the most.

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Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148763/ http://chronicle.com/article/Is-Artificial-Intelligence-a/148763/ With support from Silicon Valley, experts weigh existential risks.

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:14:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Between Normalcy and War in Iraq]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148745/ http://chronicle.com/article/Between-NormalcyWar-in/148745/ Anxiety prevails beneath a patina of routine.

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Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:05:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, September 12, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148683/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-September/148683/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:45:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Giving the Diaspora Its Due]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148609/ http://chronicle.com/article/Giving-the-Diaspora-Its-Due/148609/ The security of Israel remains precarious. Might the universalist tradition of Judaism be a viable alternative?

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Crisis in Secular Studies]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148599/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Crisis-in-Secular-Studies/148599/ Political, theological, and postmodern prejudices cloud a crucial field. Consider Charles Taylor.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[What the Digital Humanities Can't Do]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148597/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-the-Digital-Humanities/148597/ For all their potential, they aren’t well suited to certain kinds of understanding.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Love That Dare Not Bark Its Name]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148605/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Love-That-Dare-Not-Bark/148605/ Intellectuals’ intense devotion to their canine companions has an illustrious, if eccentric, history.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Does Consciousness Compute?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148601/ http://chronicle.com/article/Does-Consciousness-Compute-/148601/ We can bemoan our limits in emulating the human mind. Or we can celebrate the fact that our reality is more than circuitry.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Toxic History of Philosophy's Racism]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148603/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Toxic-History-of/148603/ Eurocentric accounts of the discipline have shortchanged Asian and African achievements. Peter K.J. Park is helping to change that.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT