Jan Steyaert (Fontys): Scholarly Communication and Social Work in the Google Era. Mark Edmundson (Virginia): Under the Sign of Satan: William Blake in the Corporate University. A review of Confronting Managerialism: How the Business Elite and Their Schools Threw Our Lives Out of Balance by Robert R. Locke and J. C. Spender. From Liberal Education, a special issue on the Completion Agenda. Making a Public Ph.D.: How, specifically, do you put together a program that will prepare graduate students for nonacademic careers? From On the Human, Raymond Tallis on a suicidal tendency in the humanities. Andy Delbanco on the role of college in the 21st century: Who gets to go to college, and why does liberal education still matter? Tweet, Loc. Cit.: MLA has a format for citing Twitter? Scott McLemee looks at the shape of scholarly conversations to come. Is college cursing America with an epidemic of hipsters? Inside Dartmouth's hazing abuses: A Dartmouth degree is a ticket to the top — but first you may have to get puked on by your drunken friends and wallow in human filth.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NYU-Poly) and George A. Martin (UMass): How to Prevent Other Financial Crises. From K@ta, Parvin Ghasemi and Masoud Ghafoori (PNU): Salinger and Holden: Silent Heroes of Modern Times. The collapse of logic and human culture: Razib Khan on slavery’s last stronghold. People often ask about the name Triple Canopy — here is an answer. White supremacist hacks Trayvon Martin's email account, leaks messages online. Have scientists proved cryonics can't work? This year’s Culture@Large session grappled with the pressing importance of the nonhuman for the work of anthropologists. A review of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade by Andrew Feinstein. King of Pain: A review essay on David Foster Wallace. Not every piece of a campaign’s online territory need be a full-on website; some are microsites designed to propel a particular message — often a negative one — or perform a specific task. Dimethyltryptamine is so hot right now: Interviews with people who just smoked DMT. It’s all in your head: Tim Requarth and Meehan Crist on the problems with Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine. Whatever happened to pro wrestling? Oliver Lee Bateman remembers what pro wrestling used to be, as he traces its downfall.
The latest issue of Army History and the latest issue of Navy History are out. From European Journal of American Studies, a special issue on Wars and New Beginnings in American History, including Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (Lausanne): War and National Renewal: Civil Religion and Blood Sacrifice American Culture; David Ellwood (Bologna): The American Challenge in Uniform: The Arrival of America’s Armies in World War II and European Women; Jean-Paul Gabilliet (Bordeaux): Making a Homefront without a Battlefront: The Manufacturing of Domestic Enemies in the Early Cold War Culture; Kate Delaney (MIT): The Many Meanings of D-Day; and Rob Kroes (Amsterdam): The Power of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Power: Exploring a Tension within the Obama Presidency. Edmund Wilson’s Patriotic Gore is one of the most important and confounding books ever written about the Civil War. A review of The Clausewitz Delusion: How the American Army Screwed Up the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (A Way Forward) by Stephen L. Melton. A look at how Iraq and Afghanistan have changed the military.
The latest issue of The Economic History Review is out. Brendan Sheehan (Leeds Met): Keynes: Revolutionary or Radical. Henry Farrell (George Washington) and John Quiggin (Queensland): Consensus, Dissensus and Economic Ideas: The Rise and Fall of Keynesianism During the Economic Crisis. More and more on Keynes Hayek by Nicholas Wapshott. Michael D. Murray (Valparaiso): The Great Recession and the Rhetorical Canons of Law and Economics. Liliana Rojas-Suarez (CGD) and Carlos Montoro (BIS): Credit at Times of Stress: Latin American Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis. From The Browser, Christina Romer on learning from the Great Depression; and in time of economic crisis, studying the past can teach us much about the world economy today. From Boston Review, an interview with David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years (and an interview at Bookforum and a symposium at Crooked Timber with Graeber and more at orgtheory.net). A review of Financial Turmoil in Europe and the United States by George Soros. A review of The Age of Central Banks by Curzio Giannini.
Nancy Leong (Denver): The Open Road and the Traffic Stop: Narratives and Counter-Narratives of the American Dream. It’s been a long time coming, but last night it happened: one of the greatest hackers of the 20th Century (or was it just his doppelganger?) went up against Anonymous, greatest hacktivist collective of the 21st Century. From LRB, John Lanchester on Marx at 193. From Wonkbook, an interview with Neal Katyal, acting solicitor general for the Obama administration from May 2010 through June 2011, on Obamacare; an interview with Charles Fried, Reagan’s solicitor general: “Health care is interstate commerce. Is this a regulation of it? Yes. End of story.” (and more); and an interview with Georgetown's Randy Barnett, the key legal thinker developing the case against the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Tom Friedman likes countries to our left — so advocates moving ours rightward. db, March 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm: “I generally find the Roissy crowd’s tactical game advice perceptive, I’d just rather get it minus the eugenics lite worldview.” After seven years, signandsight.com says good-bye.
From InterActions, Julia Glassman (UCLA): Stop Speaking For Us: Women-of-Color Bloggers, White Appropriation, and What Librarians Can Do About It. Gregory Scott Parks (Wake Forest) and Rashawn Ray (UC-Berkeley): Poetry as Evidence. Arnold Farr (Kentucky): Racialized Consciousness, Symbolic Representionalism, and the Prophetic/Critical Voice of the Black Intellectual. From The Christian Century, Jonathan Tran on the new black theology: Retrieving ancient sources to challenge racism. From Garvey to Obama: Historian Robert Hill says the activist’s impact still echoes through the decades. From Boston Review, Ryan Enos on how segregation is still a problem in the US; and a symposium on the future of black politics, with a cover story by Michael C. Dawson, and contributions by William Julius Wilson, Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, Tommie Shelby, Jennifer L. Hochschild, and more. Black politics and the establishment: An interview with Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Dangerous times for black men: For every black man in America, the Trayvon Martin tragedy is personal.
Vladimir Tikhonov (Oslo): Transcending Boundaries, Embracing Others: Nationalism and Transnationalism in Modern and Contemporary Korea. Kongdan Oh (IDA) and Ralph Hassig (Maryland): Military Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula. From the latest issue of the Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, Da Eun Lee, Sol Kim and Dr. Steven Shirley (Keimyung Adams): Korea is Looking South; and Tony Tai-Ting Liu and Hung Ming-Te (Chung Hsing): Hegemonic Stability and Northeast Asia: What Hegemon? What Stability? The black hole of North Korea: Marcus Noland on what economists can't tell you about the most isolated country on Earth. From The International Economy, is the world underestimating the chances for Japan to achieve at least a modest rebound? A symposium of views. Michael Schiltz on Japan’s monetary imperialism. Hiro Saito on the Fukushima disaster and Japan’s Occupy movement. Following radiation expert Dr. Robert Gale into the exclusion zone around Fukushima, Japan, the site of last March’s nuclear meltdown, Pico Iyer reports on the prognosis for the stoic workers at the plant. Gavan McCormack on Mage, Japan’s island beyond the reach of the law.
Rowan Tepper (Binghampton): Kairos: A Political Post-History of the Concept of Time. From the World Future Society, Alireza Hejazi on on the future of futures studies and on how to become a disciplined futurist. On the imperfect science of liveblogging: What kind of technology, planning, and editorial imagination go into cover events like Apple announcements through liveblogs? A review of Glock: The Rise of America's Gun by Paul M. Barrett. What you need to know about the smear campaign against Trayvon Martin (and more). Will “Obamacare” matter to US voters? Support for "Obamacare" splits along partisan lines, so healthcare reform may not be a potent election issue this fall. You know the Republican mantra you’ve been hearing for three years, “repeal and replace”? Mitch McConnell admits that the real plan is just plain repeal. If the Court does uphold the ACA, is this likely to put an end to partisan conflict? From Brain Pickings, Maria Popova introduces the Curator’s Code, a standard for honoring attribution of discovery across the Web (and a response and more).
A new issue of Numeracy is out. Mateusz Hohol (PAT): The Normativity of Mathematics: A Neurocognitive Approach. The first chapter from In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation by William J. Cook. A look at how the fall of Communism changed mathematics in the US. Carl E. Behrens on empiricism as an environment for humanist mathematics. A review of Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham. An interview with Robert Kanigel, biographer of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The first chapter from Elliptic Tales: Curves, Counting, and Number Theory by Avner Ash and Robert Gross. Research suggests you can't do the math without the words. A review of The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines and Emerged Triumphant From Two Centuries of Controversy by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne (and more). A look at 6 small math errors that caused huge disasters.
From TPM, a special section on Health Care Before the Court. SCOTUS 101: A Wonkblog guide to health care oral arguments (and more), and an interview with Don Berwick, former administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The constitutional challenge to the Affordable Health Care Act is rhetorically powerful but analytically so weak that it dissolves on inspection. Forget interstate commerce: It's the "necessary and proper" clause that's the key to Obamacare's future. Is there a weak link in the government's case for Obamacare? The survival of Obamacare may come down to wheat, pot, guns — and a nagging question about broccoli. Jack Balkin on the small chance the Supreme Court will overturn the health care act. Damon Root on the 4 best legal arguments against ObamaCare. Forget precedent, ignore Scalia’s musings — the health care argument before the Supreme Court is all about optics, politics, and public opinion. Andrew Koppelman on bad news for Paul Clement. Jonathan Chait on what the health-care fight is really about. Jonathan Cohn on an educated guess about how the Justices will vote on Obamacare.