A new issue of Academe is out. Amy Laitinen on the curious birth and harmful legacy of the credit hour (and a defense). The secret lives of faculty: A biker, a baker, a photograph maker? Professors can look very different when they’re outside the classroom. What are low-ranked graduate programs good for? Too many Ph.D. programs are too focused on what's going on above them. The internet is placing the academe on the brink of a dramatic disruption that is liberating yet potentially devastating. Sex in the meritocracy: Helen Rittelmeyer on how performance anxiety, not hedonism, motivates Yale’s sexual culture. Hamilton Nolan on the ludicrous mythology that Christian colleges teach as fact. Joseph Martin reviews Punkademics: The Basement Show in the Ivory Tower. A tragic past and a loaded gun: Patrick Radden Keefe on mass shooter Amy Bishop, a neurobiologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Steven J. Frenda, Eric D. Knowles, William Saletan, and Elizabeth F. Loftus (UC-Irvine): False Memories of Fabricated Political Events. Noura Erakat (Temple): New Imminence in the Time of Obama: The Impact of Targeted Killings on the Law of Self Defense. Doug Enaa Greene reviews Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens by Richard Seymour (and more and more). Hunters have an NRA problem: At what point does standing with the NRA become riskier than speaking out against it? James Fallows on the one article you need to read about the Postal Service. Rick Perlstein on the constitutional roadblock to efforts to fix federal elections. Robert George predicts that persecution will be directed against those who oppose a redefinition of marriage. What do we mean by autonomy? Todd Cronan reviews Modernism’s Other Work: The Art Object’s Political Life by Lisa Siraganian.
Per G. Fredriksson (Louisville) and Eric Neumayer (LSE): Democracy and Climate Change Policies: Is History Important? There are two ways to deal with climate change: mitigation and adaptation; Klaus Desmet and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg argues that in order to adapt, we need to take another look at migration. Mark Lynas offers five ways to view mankind as a global catastrophe. David Roberts on the unsophisticated reply to the “sophisticated objection” against raising the price of fossil-fuel energy. Susan Moran on the science and geopolitics of a warming Arctic: “Let's face it. Sea level (rise) is going to eat our lunch”. From Adbusters, from where will food and freedom come? Richard Neville on the biggest wake up call in history. IMF chief Christine Lagarde: “Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled”.
Ivan E. Bodensteiner (Valparaiso): Are Catholic Bishops Seeking a Religious Preference or Religious Freedom? From American Diplomacy, John H. Brown reviews Modernist America: Art, Music, Movies, and the Globalization of American Culture by Richard Pells. Aotearoa/New Zealand: Grant Brookes on Mana, a movement of the people. Programmed for primetime: Bhaskar Sunkara how for policy wonks, politics no longer computes. The happiness machine: Farhad Manjoo on how Google became such a great place to work. The disconnect today between vaunted American ideals of multiculturalism and the reality of Anglophone dominance in the presidency can in large part be traced to the American electoral system. Turkmenistan’s latest great work of fiction: A new media law in one of the world’s most repressive states promises all sorts of freedom.
Mark Findlay (Sydney): Rethinking Synthesis in Global Criminal Justice. Elizabeth S. Vartkessian (Albany): What One Hand Giveth, the Other Taketh Away: How Future Dangerousness Corrupts Guilt Verdicts and Produces Premature Punishment Decisions in Capital Cases. Michele E. Gilman (Baltimore): The Poverty Defense. Christopher Slobogin and Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein (Vanderbilt): Putting Desert in its Place. Sherman J. Clark (Michigan): The Juror, The Citizen, and The Human Being: The Presumptions of Innocence and the Burden of Judgment. The introduction to Punishment by Thom Brooks. Can forgiveness play a role in criminal justice? After 19-year-old Conor McBride killed his girlfriend, her devastated parents tried a process called “restorative justice” — because they decided his life was worth saving. The US is the only advanced democracy that disenfranchises citizens for criminal convictions.