Kenneth L. Marcus (IJCR): Academic Freedom and Political Indoctrination. An article on Ayn Rand indoctrination at American universities, sponsored by the right wing. The Tea Party has made presence felt in several community college elections, but most experts don't see it becoming a major force in the sector. A Solitary Thinker: Stanley Fish has angered many scholars by questioning others, and built a fierce mind by questioning himself. What would writing a book with Larry Flynt mean to David Eisenbach's academic career? Academic bloggers everywhere: Blogging has moved from being a nerdish undergraduate pastime to an accepted communication medium within the academic community. In for nasty weather: Is faculty life, as it once was, officially a relic? Andrew Gelman on the “cushy life” of University of Illinois sociology professor David Rubinstein. About 100 years ago, higher education restructured to meet the needs of the industrial age; it has changed little since, even as the internet has transformed life — another revolution is needed. Is college ready for its innovation revolution? Years after the Web disrupted business, technology is set to change education. The notion that a college degree is essentially worthless has become one of the year’s most fashionable ideas, with two prominent venture capitalists (Cornell ’89 and Stanford ’89, by the way) leading the charge. Your so-called education: New research questions how much you really learn in college. Top colleges, largely for the elite: The admissions policies of elite colleges don’t matter just to high school seniors — they’re a matter of national interest. Sticker Price 101: Why can't the government make it easier to compare college costs? Wendy Brown outlines eight frightening changes that privatization will bring to higher education.

Arlene S. Kanter (Syracuse): The Law: What's Disability Studies Got to Do with It or An Introduction to Disability Legal Studies. Erin Murphy (NYU): DNA and the Fifth Amendment. From Wired, welcome to the Brave New World of persuasion profiling; and Y Combinator is boot camp for startups. Positive Black Swans: Tim Harford on how to fund research so that it generates insanely great ideas, not pretty good ones. Does Washington care about the economy anymore? The recovery needs help but Congress doesn't want to pitch in. A review of Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare by Marc Fleurbaey. Does depression help us think better? Jonah Lehrer investigates. Hail to the Tyrant: A review of Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic by Eric Posner and Adrian Vermeule. What caused the death of Alexander the Great? The most decadent Emperor of all: Is it possible to find out the truth about Elagabalus, teenage despot of Rome? In Area 51, Annie Jacobsen reveals top government secrets about what really happened at the site and how she first heard about it (and more and more). The United States is now fighting a new kind of war, deceiving and confusing the enemy with cyberweapons; the battle began with two admirals who secretly drew up the battle plans and fired the first shots. Why we all love a Victorian murder: Sexual repression, dark alleys, great detectives, ornate prose — no wonder the 19th century is our template for crime fiction. How can we insulate ourselves from conflicts of interest? The most popular solution, disclosing them, turns out not to help. A review of The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Meet by Eugene Linden. The productivity paradox: Why hasn't the Internet helped the American economy grow more?

Ofer H. Azar and Michael Bar Eli (Ben-Gurion): Do Soccer Players Play the Mixed-Strategy Nash Equilibrium? David J. Hebert (George Mason): Who You Gonna Foul? How Players in the NBA Legally Deter Fouls. Robert A. McCormick and Amy C. McCormick (Michigan State): Major College Sports: A Modern Apartheid. A review of Home and Away: In Search of Dreams at the Homeless World Cup of Soccer by Dave Bidini. Baseball’s Loss of Innocence: When the 1919 Black Sox scandal shattered Ring Lardner’s reverence for the game, the great sportswriter took a permanent walk. Meet Andy Tracy, the oldest minor leaguer. The craziest men in sports: In hurling, the ball moves 100 miles per hour, so why don't goalkeepers want to wear facemasks? Jordan Fraade on what American sports say about American people. A review of Big-Time Sports in American Universities by Charles Clotfelter. How teams take over your mind: When it comes to sports, loyalty isn’t always a choice. Turning words into touchdowns: Does a player's speech predict how he'll perform in the NFL? Brian Mossop on the science behind college-football helmet stickers. The brainy, numbers-crunching Jewish fans who’ve revolutionized pro sports and realized every geek fan’s dream are celebrated as heroes at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Home Run, Selig: Contrary to his hapless image, baseball’s chief is the most effective commissioner in sports. Shut up and play: Dave Zirin on patriotism, jock culture and the limits of free speech. Millionaires v. billionaires or them v. us: Why the NFL would do us a favor by calling off the coming season. Sports fans control more of what happens on the court or on the field than they realize — now if they could just applaud good decisions over flashy bad ones. A review of At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing.