The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Wed, 27 May 2015 16:05:18 EDT <![CDATA[Weekly Book List, May 29, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230369/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-May-29-2015/230369/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 00:57:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Facing the Dreaded End-of-Term Question]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230365/ http://chronicle.com/article/Facing-the-Dreaded-End-of-Term/230365/ For professors who don’t give final exams, there is a price to pay. And semester after semester, some student will pipe up to exact that price.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[2040 Prognosis for Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230295/ http://chronicle.com/article/2040-Prognosis-for-Higher/230295/ Does academe face huge challenges over the next 25 years? You bet. But it can overcome them and thrive.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Do Human Rights Increase Inequality?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230297/ http://chronicle.com/article/Do-Human-Rights-Increase/230297/ Sadly, the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Bashing Bureaucracy]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230293/ http://chronicle.com/article/Bashing-Bureaucracy/230293/ The left used to be so good at it. Can David Graeber revive a lost art?

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Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Bigotry on Display]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230301/ http://chronicle.com/article/Bigotry-on-Display/230301/ The 1906 exhibition of a caged African at the Bronx Zoo challenges what we thought we knew about 20th-century America.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Breadth of a Salesman]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230291/ http://chronicle.com/article/Breadth-of-a-Salesman/230291/ For a long time, I couldn’t relate to Willy Loman. Then I became him.

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Mon, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Mortal Motivation]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230303/ http://chronicle.com/article/Mortal-Motivation/230303/ Does our terror of dying drive almost everything we do?

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Fri, 22 May 2015 15:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[If Students Are Smart, They’ll Major in What They Love]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230307/ http://chronicle.com/article/If-Students-Are-Smart/230307/ By encouraging students to study what they are interested in, rather than a "practical" major, colleges allow them to cultivate the qualities employers find valuable.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Why Technology Will Never Fix Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230185/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Technology-Will-Never-Fix/230185/ The real obstacle is student motivation, and no gadget can create that.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[For the Sake of Working-Class Students, Give ‘Fisher’ Another Chance]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230239/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-the-Sake-of-Working-Class/230239/ The Supreme Court’s decision to accept an appeal on the University of Texas affirmative-action case would be a victory for the poor.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 14:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, May 15, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230027/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-May-15-2015/230027/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:45:00 EDT
<![CDATA[To Make the World a Better Place, Teach Arabic]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230031/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Make-the-World-a-Better/230031/ Higher education has never had a more crucial role to play in achieving peace.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Minority Ph.D.’s Find Career Success in STEM]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230043/ http://chronicle.com/article/Minority-PhD-s-Find-Career/230043/ Encouraging diversity in graduate education is vital to financial equality and the nation’s economic success.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Plague of Hypersensitivity]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229963/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Plague-of-Hypersensitivity/229963/ What's brought about students' anxious need for intellectual and emotional coddling?

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Fundamentally Atheist]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229971/ http://chronicle.com/article/Fundamentally-Atheist/229971/ Jerry Coyne, like biblical literalists, is blind to centuries of scholarly nuance and tradition.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[When Students Write About Sex]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229961/ http://chronicle.com/article/When-Students-Write-About-Sex/229961/ Critique their words, not their lives.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Ecomodernists Spark Rhetorical Heat]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229969/ http://chronicle.com/article/Ecomodernists-Spark-Rhetorical/229969/ Their manifesto is part of a battle on the left to define the environmental future.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Review: The Erosion of Secular Revolutions]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229965/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-The-Erosion-of/229965/ Anticolonial movements led to fundamentalism, dogmatism, and sexism. Why?

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Oxford's Influential Inklings]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229967/ http://chronicle.com/article/Oxfords-Influential-Inklings/229967/ Tolkien, Lewis, and company brought modern resonance to ancient themes.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, May 8, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229871/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-May-8-2015/229871/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Infantilized by Academe]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229765/ http://chronicle.com/article/Infantilized-by-Academe/229765/ Colleges should, but generally don't, model an adulthood worth aspiring to.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Esoteric Antidote]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229779/ http://chronicle.com/article/Esoteric-Antidote/229779/ To revive liberal education, we must relearn the lost, secret art of reading between the lines.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Our D.H. Lawrence Moment]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229767/ http://chronicle.com/article/Our-DH-Lawrence-Moment/229767/ His best work presaged today's broad, individualistic spectrum of sexualities and gender.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Might and Right After the Civil War]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229773/ http://chronicle.com/article/MightRight-After-the/229773/ Federal occupation of the South was crucial to preserving freedom.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Wonder Beyond Measure]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229771/ http://chronicle.com/article/Wonder-Beyond-Measure/229771/ Try including on a rubric astonishment at the beauty of nestling sparrows.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT