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The Scientist Who Talks to ISIS  

An unorthodox anthropologist goes face to face with the enemy.

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Want to Beat ISIS? Try Poetry and Negotiation

Philippe-Joseph Salazar spent a year and a half studying ISIS propaganda. His takeaway: Let’s cut our losses and negotiate.

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Radicalized Islam, or Islamicized Radicalism?  

Is radicalized Islam or Islamicized radicalism the menace? Perhaps both.

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The Many Meanings of a Fist

When 16 black women cadets raised their fists, the gesture inadvertently reflected complex layers of history.

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Big Brains, Small Minds

We risk becoming a society of technological prowess and philosophical illiteracy.

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Why Law Students Need the Humanities  

In revamping legal education, don’t sacrifice narrative, rhetoric, and the humanities.

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The Magic Bookshop

Real pages resonate with history the way virtual pages can’t.

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John Cage in the Classroom  

His New School sessions in the 1950s were noisy free-for-alls, and a model of how to teach.

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Two Spirits of Liberty

The world could use more of Christopher Hitchens’s courage and Isaiah Berlin’s tolerance.

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The Risk of Digital Oblivion  

We must decide what knowledge to save for future generations — and how to save it.

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When Religion Is No Laughing Matter  

Where a professor sees literary irreverence toward religion, his students see heresy.

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The Peril of Perpetual Revenge

Does historical memory further peace or incite conflict?

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When Wellness Is a Dirty Word

Why is wellness such a dirty word in academe?

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No Room for Surprises  

In our Googled world, everything’s an entry and nothing’s a discovery.

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The Oaxaca Incident  

An American scholar. A Mexican village. The U.S. military. What could go wrong?

 

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Teaching in the Time of Google  

When the world’s collective knowledge is at our fingertips, what becomes of education?

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Bring Back Military History  

Its exclusion from curricula is an abdication of colleges’ mission.

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American Ghetto

A noted sociologist explores a loaded term.

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Teacher’s Pet

Potty training a cat tests John Dewey's theory of learning.

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The Repression of Religious Studies  

Scholars must find the courage to defend the field and preserve its independence.