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How Right-Wing Billionaires Infiltrated Higher Education  

The secret history of conservative foundations’ plans to co-opt scholars and scholarship.

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Shakespeare’s Badass Quarto

On the trail of a centuries-old Hamlet mystery.

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What Would Shakespeare Make of Trump?

The road to the White House should detour through Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Why Are Economists So Small-Minded?  

Their free-market theories are governed by an intellectual command economy.

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In Defense of Moderation  

On campuses and the national stage alike, skepticism toward extremes and certitudes is always wise, if rarely chic.

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The Future of the Past  

Literature can help cure historical amnesia.

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The Self-Obliterating Professor  

The best teachers create a world where they're no longer needed.

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A Muslim Rift in Academe

How a Duke imam became a lightning rod in the campus Israel wars.

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Was the New Deal a Fluke?

Maybe, but a new book may mischaracterize its causes.

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What Makes a Story  

An understanding of intellectual disability can transform how we read.

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The Myth of a 'Second Gilded Age'

The flawed metaphor reflects a misunderstanding of history and a lack of economic imagination.

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From Nowhere, and Everywhere  

Academics are a wandering tribe, and may be the better for it.

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In Defense of Theology  

To consider divinity and humanity is to ponder the power of language itself.

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Derrida, de Man, and Company

A history of deconstruction falls prey to it.

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Dear Sleazy Professor …  

That student you just creeped out is writing about you on the web.

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How Intellectuals Create a Public

They offer arguments that produce and galvanize new audiences.