Eli Meyerhoff (Minnesota), Elizabeth Johnson (Wisconsin), and Bruce Braun (Minnesota): Time and the University. Robert Rhoads (UCLA): The U.S. Research University as a Global Model: Some Fundamental Problems to Consider. Study abroad? Why American students head north. What country has the best higher education system? A World Bank study titled The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World Class Research Universities finds that new universities can grow into top quality research institutions within two or three decades when academic talent, financial resources and governance — particularly autonomy and academic freedom — are present from the start. From The Guardian, it was meant to bring rigour to the tricky question of who deserves a grant or a post, but is the h-index's numerical score simplistic? From LRB, when what is real, in relation to university education, is student demand and jobs in the future — a pair of premises about as fictional as you can get — what are we to say in favour of the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake? A review of What Are Universities For? by Stefan Collini (and more).
A new issue of Roman Legal Tradition is out. Sean McQueen (Monash): Fearful Symmetry: Technophilia and the Science Fiction Cyborg in J. G. Ballard’s and David Cronenberg’s Crash. From The New York Times Magazine, Binyamin Appelbaum on Joe Weisenthal vs. the 24-Hour News Cycle. From St. Austin Review’s Ink Desk blog, is Uncle Sam a Christian, a small town American man, a family man?: Joseph Pearce on patriotism and nationalism — “the opposite of nationalism is imperialism. The European Union is an imperialist institution, as is the Federal Government, which systematically subsumes the rights of individual states and the rights of individual families.” Richard Kreitner on the Stoics and the Epicureans on friendship, sex, and love. UNESCO’s World Heritage convention was adopted to recognise and protect humanity’s most valuable monuments and landscapes — but, approaching its 40th year, can it still achieve its original ambitions? Frank Jacobs takes a look at the world’s largest atlas. Women really have developed “gaydar” which allows them to tell someone's sexuality “in the blink of an eye”, researchers say.
A new issue the New School Psychology Bulletin is out. The latest issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology (ARCP) explores issues that emerge at the intersection of Marxist scholarship and psychological practice. The meaning of feeling: Joshua Soffer on banishing the homunculus from psychology. In his latest research Roy F. Baumeister has discovered surprising ways to improve willpower, including sipping lemonade. Joshua Greene studies the scientific basis for moral decision-making. Here is a psycho-historical analysis of Adolf Hitler and the role of personality, psychopathology, and development. Psychologists now believe fledgling psychopaths can be identified as early as kindergarten — the hope is to teach these children empathy before it’s too late. Improving disorder classification, worldwide: With the help of psychologists, the next version of the International Classification of Diseases will have a more behavioral perspective. Psychiatry's "Bible" Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders gets an overhaul. The time has come for us to admit that psychiatric diagnosis is too important to be left exclusively in the hands of psychiatrists.