Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg (Washington): How Today’s College Students Use Wikipedia for Course-related Research. Sam Martin (QUT): Publish or Perish? Re-Imagining the University Press. A new blog — UMagazinology  — is attempting to support alumni and other college and university magazines that aspire not to just be house organs, but to provide valuable journalism. An interview with Russell K. Skowronek and Kenneth E. Lewis, editors of Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia. On Going Viral at the (Virtual) MLA: Brian Croxall's paper was a smash hit because it touched a nerve in academe. The Huffington Post presents the most unusual colleges, the coolest college courses, and the weirdest school mascots. What do you mean you’re not going to college? Sushma Subramanian goes inside a top college’s admissions room. Why would anyone protest against the Women's Studies Program at Columbia? Lots of colleges have Women's Studies departments, and some pursue Gender Studies — what about Men's Studies? The Affirmative Action Trap: Obama is weighing in on the University of Texas's affirmative action policy, but it may be politically dangerous for him to do so. A review of The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities by Nicholas Syrett. A review of God, Philosophy, Universities: a history of the Catholic philosophical tradition by Alasdair MacIntyre. A review of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education by Anne Hendershott. Distinctively Catholic: James Heft on keeping the faith in higher education. Making the case for useless degrees: Why you should ignore the grown-ups and opt for an imaginative, if not lucrative, course of study. A review of Adam Ruben's Surviving Your Stupid Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.


Amr Hamzawy and Marina Ottaway (CEIP): When Islamists Go into Politics. A review of Muslims in Global Politics by Mahmoud Monshipouri. A review of The Islamic Republic and the World: Global Dimensions of the Iranian Revolution by Maryam Panah. An interview with Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im on Islam and the secular state. From The Wilson Quarterly, the Arab world today is ruled by contradiction — turmoil and stagnation prevail, as colossal wealth and hyper­modern cities collide with mass illiteracy and rage-filled imams; in this new diversity may lie disaster, or the makings of a better Arab ­future. A review of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics and the Clash of Arab Civilizations by Lee Smith. A review of books on Saudi Arabia. Letter from Cairo: Standing endlessly in traffic leads to thoughts about what is right and wrong with the Arab world. Less traffic through the Suez Canal means less of everything else for Egyptians — including hope. And then Cairo turned itself inside out: As the megacity brims with informal settlements, the upper classes are leapfrogging over the urban perimeter for an escapist paradise of luxury desert property. James Dorsey on the link between governance and security in Yemen. Uncle Ali: If you liked Hamid Karzai and Pervez Musharraf, you’ll love our latest ally, Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh. From The Atlantic, it’s not just Al-Qaeda, but water shortages, collapsing oil supplies, war, refugees, pirates, poverty — why Yemen is failing; and by the skin of his teeth, Dubai’s ruler opens the world’s most ambitious — and outrageous — racetrack. Mithly (gay, in Arabic) is the first openly gay Moroccan magazine. Moustafa Bayoumi on Muslims and Arabs in the American imagination. The Fourth Estate in the service of power: Assaf Kfoury on media coverage of the Middle East.


From the latest issue of Variant, Eleonora Belfiore on bullshit in cultural policy practice & research; and Femi Folorunso remembers Brian Barry. From American Scientist, Cosma Shalizi on how statisticians can reuse their data to quantify the uncertainty of complex models; and a review of First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America by David J. Meltzer. The Elegant Jeep: The marvelous "sardine tin" on wheels prospers still as one of the most influential designs in automotive history. An interview with Michael Walzer: "Not a good time for philosophy". From The Daily Beast, a look at why the Tea Party isn't touching financial reform; Tunku Varadarajan on the irrefutable moral case against Goldman (and more); and here's a primer on the Goldman Sachs scandal. Every poem an epitaph: An article on the Protestant cemetery in Rome. Everything Is Illuminated: Inexpensive, handheld Raman scanners will soon enable anyone to identify just about anything. Karen Karbo reviews A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias. A review of Social Conventions: From Language to Law by Andrei Marmor. An interview with David C. Engerman, author of Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America's Soviet Experts. Fewer Americans are getting married, yet the institution itself has only become more fascinating; Emily Gould considers some recent books on women and marriage. The Sound and the Fuhrer: What makes Hitler an Internet phenomenon? From Utne Reader, a look at what we risk by being so unfocused and how to start paying better attention; if all the world’s a stage, where should you shine your spotlight? Cassette tapes are the new vinyl: Tapes blast a sound that’s just as warm as the crackle and pop of vinyl. A review of Max Weber: A Biography by Joachim Radkau.


From Europe's World, a series on global governance. From European Journal of International Law, Martti Koskenniemi (Helsinki): The Politics of International Law — 20 Years Later; Eyal Benvenisti (Tel Aviv) and George W. Downs (NYU): National Courts, Domestic Democracy, and the Evolution of International Law; Yuval Shany (HUK): No Longer a Weak Department of Power? Reflections on the Emergence of a New International Judiciary; Bruno Simma (ICJ): Universality of International Law from the Perspective of a Practitioner; and Anne Peters (Basel): Humanity as the Alpha and Omega of Sovereignty (and responses). From Global Law Books, how rational is international law? A review of How International Law Works by Andrew T. Guzman and The Economic Structure of International Law by Joel Trachtman; a review of The Degradation of the International Legal Order? The Rehabilitation of Law and the Possibility of Politics by Bill Bowring; a review essay on NGOs in international law; and a review essay on the administration of territory by international actors. Is international law really law? An interview with Michael Scharf, author of Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis. Global Governance: What can the world learn about global governance from the diplomatic model of the European Union? A review of Ruling the World?: Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance. Why we need a UN Parliament: It isn't less democracy that will allow for more effective global governance — more democracy is urgently needed. A true world order: Conrad Black on a blueprint for global progress, led by the United States. Here are sample chapters (by Philip Pettit, Joseph Raz, and more) from The Philosophy of International Law, ed. Samantha Besson and John Tasioulas.


Robert A. Delfino (St. John's): Science and the Inescapability of Metaphysics. From New Scientist, seven theories of everything: We still don't have a theory that describes the fundamental nature of the universe, but there are plenty of candidates; and is our universe just one of many? The idea divides physicists, but now one researcher has found the first hint that the multiverse really exists. Is the universe rational? The deep law that shapes our reality: Quarks to card games, traffic to economics — does the success of random matrix theory hint at a deep pattern in nature underlying all these, and more? Odds are, it's wrong: Tom Siegfried on how science fails to face the shortcomings of statistics. Dan M. Kahan (Yale), Hank Jenkins-Smith (Oklahoma), and Donald Braman (GWU): Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus. Some aspects of science defy the mind's ability to understand — what kind of meaning can we give them? "The universe is perfectly set up for life" is a terrible justification for God's existence. A review of Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion by Francisco Ayala (winner of the 2010 Templeton Prize). Michael Ruse on a scientific defense of the Templeton Foundation. Ronald Aronson on the false choice between god and science. Massimo Pigliucci examines the alleged parallels that religious scholar, Huston Smith, draws between science and religion. Pocket protectors and politics: Is (Stephen Jay Gould’s) science political? From TED, Sam Harris on how science can answer moral questions (and three responses and a reply). An interview with David Goodstein, author of On Fact and Fraud: Cautionary Tales from the Front Lines of Science (and more). A review of The Making of Modern Science: Science, Technology, Medicine and Modernity: 1789-1914 by David Knight.

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