Cathrine Hasse and Stine Trentemoller (Academia): Cultural Work Place Patterns in Academia. Rex J. Pjesky (West Texs A&M) and Daniel Sutter (Troy): Does the Lack of a Profit Motive Affect Hiring in Academe? Evidence from the Market for Lawyers. The myth of the millionaire college dropout: In the latest assault on higher education, Michael Ellsberg paints a misleading picture of the road to riches without a college degree. Do the humanities really need to be protected from the encroachment of the sciences? From Accuracy in Academia, Malcolm A. Kline on 100 arguments against tenure (and part 2 and part 3). Distracted by activism: If faculty members in education (and many other disciplines) want to influence public policy, they have no choice but to look beyond traditional academic publishing. Matt Ivester's clean slate: The creator of JuicyCampus, a controversial anonymous gossip site, re-brands himself as an enemy of cyberbullying and a champion of "digital citizenship". The wonderful wizard of US: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is bewitched by the methods of an Arkansas teacher. Robert Weissberg writes in defense of bad teaching. Not feeling the kinship: Anthropologists debate whether their discipline is divided into humanities and science tribes, and wonder why they can’t all get along. Academics from physicists to experts on Scandinavian culture are crafting stand-up comedy routines based on their work — but this is no joke.
Zephyr Teachout (Fordham): The Historical Roots of Citizens United v. FEC: How Anarchists and Academics Accidentally Created Corporate Speech Rights. If you could travel back in time, what would be your destination?: America, c. 15,000 BC: Lucy Kellaway argues that if you want to live with equality and good health, you need to be a hunter-gatherer; Japan, 784-1185: The Heian era woos Robert Guest with its devotion to high art, love poetry and casual sex; Russia, 1870s-1900s: Pre-revolutionary Russia may have been tough, but for Arkady Ostrovsky it can't be beaten for art, ideas and fiery politics; Princeton, 1949: J.M. Ledgard opts for a sense of freedom, possibility and run-ins with Albert Einstein; and early childhood: For Ann Wroe, life is best when the world is simple, new and there to be discovered. In the 19th century, Baudelaire struggled with the private/public divide — in the 21st, we all do. Written on the wall: Roger Gastman on a tumultuous year, told through the scrawls and murals of the people living through it (and more and more). An interview with Barbara Will, author of Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Fay, and the Vichy Dilemma. The United Nations launches a social media campaign to encourage people to get involved in the global human rights movement. Want to keep track of Santa this Christmas? There’s an app for that. Here is a list of 7 obnoxious behaviors that should be punishable by death.
From New Books in History, an interview with Andrew Curran, author of The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment. From CRB, a review of A Slaveholders’ Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic by George William Van Cleve and The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner; and a review of Abolition: A History of Slavery and Antislavery by Seymour Drescher. Clay Risen reviews Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America by Cameron McWhirter. As America celebrates the 50th anniversary of John Griffin's Black Like Me, a writer recalls more recent scenarios that Griffin would have found only too familiar. Peter C. Myers reviews Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson; Freedom is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle over Black Family Life — LBJ to Obama by Harold James; and Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century by Amy L. Wax. A review of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department by J. Christian Adams. What does it mean to be black? Gwen Ifill reviews Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? by Toure and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry. Patrice Evans on how to build the ultimate black comedian — and an interview on his book Negropedia: The Assimilated Negro’s Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience.