The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:14:38 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 the 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 its 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 histories 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
<![CDATA['A Growing Hunt for Heretics'?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148589/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Growing-Hunt-for-Heretics-/148589/ Cary Nelson and Feisal Mohamed, two professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, debate what’s at stake in the Salaita affair.

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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Let's Ask More of Our Students—and of Ourselves]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148559/ http://chronicle.com/article/Lets-Ask-More-of-Our/148559/ As educators, we need to start making our own plans to improve academic standards.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, September 5, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148555/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-September-5/148555/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:26:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Power of Mental Pictures]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148497/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Power-of-Mental-Pictures/148497/ "Framing" may have fallen out of favor in Washington, but the field that birthed it—metaphor studies—is going strong.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:56:27 EDT
<![CDATA[You Don't Need a Search Firm to Hire a President]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148525/ http://chronicle.com/article/You-Dont-Need-a-Search-Firm/148525/ Contrary to what high-priced consultants tell you, your ideal candidate isn’t that hard to find.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[On the Immense Good Fortune of Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148541/ http://chronicle.com/article/On-the-Immense-Good-Fortune-/148541/ In his last Think Tank column, Kevin Carey says that colleges are what great societies build. That means colleges have a lot to live up to.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Your Brain on Metaphors]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148495/ http://chronicle.com/article/Your-Brain-on-Metaphors/148495/ Neuroscientists test the theory that your body shapes your ideas.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Your Dissertation Is Done. Move On.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148493/ http://chronicle.com/article/Your-Dissertation-Is-Done/148493/ Turning them into monographs is a poor use of doctoral students' time.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[When 'Awesome' Isn't Enough]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148499/ http://chronicle.com/article/When-Awesome-Isnt-Enough/148499/ Helping students turn raw experience into illuminating words.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Don't Let Adjunct Bashing Go Unchallenged]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148551/ http://chronicle.com/article/Dont-Let-Adjunct-Bashing-Go/148551/ A recent posting, which featured an ugly attack on a deceased adjunct, highlights the need to fight the self-congratulatory mythology of tenure.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:49:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Why August Is the Cruelest Month]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148501/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-August-Is-the-Cruelest/148501/ A history professor tries to maintain perspective while tracking the anemic enrollment figures for his fall course.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Overstating the CIA's Role as Postwar Puppet Master]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148431/ http://chronicle.com/article/Overstating-the-CIAs-Role-as/148431/ The recent wave of revelations about the agency's control of American intellectual life breaks little new ground.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:55:00 EDT