The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:44:59 EST <![CDATA[My Nemesis, Jill Lepore]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150253/ http://chronicle.com/article/My-Nemesis-Jill-Lepore/150253/ In which a superpowered scholar dooms our unheralded hero by scooping his book on Wonder Woman.

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[Make Admissions at Elite Colleges ‘Access Aware’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150179/ http://chronicle.com/article/Make-Admissions-at-Elite/150179/ To educate students from all income groups, we should stop pretending that wealth is not a major factor in who gets accepted.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Do Not Neglect the Ladder of Opportunity at Minority-Serving Colleges]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150181/ http://chronicle.com/article/Do-Not-Neglect-the-Ladder-of/150181/ The overtones of tragedy and missed opportunity in the "undermatching" discussion mischaracterize a large part of the story.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Remembrance of Students Past]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150139/ http://chronicle.com/article/Remembrance-of-Students-Past/150139/ You can have your online spreadsheets. Bittersweet recollections live in old-fashioned gradebooks.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Designs for Living]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150143/ http://chronicle.com/article/Designs-for-Living/150143/ Engineers must cultivate their inner philosophers.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, November 28, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150205/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-November-28/150205/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Leo Strauss, Peacenik?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150133/ http://chronicle.com/article/Leo-Strauss-Peacenik-/150133/ A book tries to pretty up Leo Strauss's legacy.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Tangled Up in Bob]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150131/ http://chronicle.com/article/Tangled-Up-in-Bob/150131/ Would permissions prove a problem for a book on Dylan?

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Life Is Good]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150129/ http://chronicle.com/article/Life-Is-Good/150129/ That, at the individual and species level, is why we should protect it.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[The Shrinking World of Ideas]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150141/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Shrinking-World-of-Ideas/150141/ In probing our brains, we’ve lost our minds.

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[Universities Can Put Their Economic Clout to Good Use]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150071/ http://chronicle.com/article/Universities-Can-Put-Their/150071/ Step One: A hard look at their own role in pro­tect­ing hu­man rights through their every­day de­ci­sions as li­cen­sors, pur­chas­ers, and in­ves­tors.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[The Value of a Shared Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150047/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Value-of-a-Shared/150047/ We can make the college years a time to build a sense of community in our students. But first we must recognize the need to do so.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, November 21, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150085/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-November-21/150085/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Why Go to Grad School?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149957/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Go-to-Grad-School-/149957/ Intellectual passion: If your studies fascinate you, they're not a waste, no matter what you do with them.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Peace, Love, and Grandstanding]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149961/ http://chronicle.com/article/Peace-LoveGrandstanding/149961/ Under the guise of teaching and studying human rights, academics use university resources to engage in political activism.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Beckett in Bed]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149963/ http://chronicle.com/article/Beckett-in-Bed/149963/ The absurdist’s letters suggest a passionate engagement with his work and a workmanlike engagement with his passions.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Encountering the Holocaust Through Art]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149959/ http://chronicle.com/article/Encountering-the-Holocaust/149959/ A professor meets the author of a graphic memoir she uses in her class.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Retire Already!]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149965/ http://chronicle.com/article/Retire-Already-/149965/ Hey, you older, tenured profs, you’re being greedy and selfish, and your students would be better off if you left.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[‘Easy A’s’ Gets an F]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150025/ http://chronicle.com/article/Easy-A-s-Gets-an-F/150025/ The National Council on Teacher Quality suggests in a new report that teacher-preparation programs use lax grading standards. But the organization’s own standards of evaluation are deeply flawed.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[Mind Maze]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149945/ http://chronicle.com/article/Mind-Maze/149945/ Neuroscience is almost 200 years old. Why are there no grand theories of how the brain works?

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, November 14, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149907/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-November-14/149907/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Leave Me Alone]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149845/ http://chronicle.com/article/Leave-Me-Alone/149845/ We live in an age of networking and collaboration, but scholarship is not a team sport.

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Missing Chapters]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149843/ http://chronicle.com/article/Missing-Chapters/149843/ Roger L. Geiger has written his magnum opus on the history of American higher education. The only problem is he left out the last 74 years.

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Don't Be Dense]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149849/ http://chronicle.com/article/Dont-Be-Dense/149849/ Herding humanity into megalopolises is a misguided way to protect the environment.

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Literary Mavericks]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149841/ http://chronicle.com/article/Literary-Mavericks/149841/ How iconoclastic publishing titans like James Laughlin became an extinct species. 

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[What Book Changed Your Mind?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149839/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-Book-Changed-Your-Mind-/149839/ The Review asked 12 scholars what nonfiction book published in the last 30 years has most influenced their thinking.

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Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:00:01 EST