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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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What Makes a Story  

An understanding of intellectual disability can transform how we read.

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From Nowhere, and Everywhere  

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

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Was the New Deal a Fluke?

Maybe, but a new book may mischaracterize its causes.

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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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In Defense of Theology  

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

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Dear Sleazy Professor …  

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

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Derrida, de Man, and Company

A history of deconstruction falls prey to it.

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How Intellectuals Create a Public

They offer arguments that produce and galvanize new audiences.

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Watch What You Say  

The campus climate of fear imperils academe as an incubator of provocative ideas.

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The Faulty Foundation of American Colleges  

We must redesign college education with individuality in mind.

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Building a New Research-University System  

Universities should join forces for programs that tap their combined strengths.

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Keats’s Sensual Shock

In flashes of overwhelming experience, he transcended despair.

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Arendt Among the Americans

How did her adopted nation influence her thinking?

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Climate Change Is a Social Issue  

Too many efforts to stem global warming focus exclusively on the hard sciences.

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Desperate to Be Liked  

Professors are tempted to do almost anything to engage and inspire their students.

Letter: General Education Is 'a Shared Responsibility'

Cross-disciplinary work should increase understanding of, and respect for, one another's fields.

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Classicists' Christian Problem  

Mary Beard’s a lively scholar, but on matters of faith she cheats subtlety.

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Vial and Error

Science’s wonders are oft built on blunders.

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Willful Ignorance on Campus  

College culture stifles debates over values.