Martha Biondi (Northwestern): Controversial Blackness: The Historical Development and Future Trajectory of African American Studies. Why Arizona's ethnic studies crisis should matter to all educators: An interview with Rudy Acuna. Is the time right for a field of hate studies? A single interdisciplinary field would bring new insights and understanding to this very human reality, say proponents, but others aren’t sure it’s necessary. From Transformations of the Public Sphere, Stephen Walt on International Affairs and the public sphere. From TriQuarterly, here is an open letter by Michael Anania concerning the evaluation by colleges and universities of publishing by creative writers. What killed American Lit: Today's collegians don't want to study it — who can blame them? (and a response) Oh, the humanities! Joshua F. Leach on how the liberal arts can save themselves. A review of The Public Value of the Humanities. Can Antioch College return from the dead again? Next month’s rebirth of the most liberal of liberal arts colleges comes at an unsettled moment in higher education. Conservative think that modern colleges are bastions on unfettered communism, but critics are wrong in thinking that classic western culture has been run out of town. A review of God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition by Alasdair MacIntyre. A review of Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age by Ann M. Blair. The research lab in your pocket: Apps created by and for the academy could turn smartphones into essential academic tools for everything from teaching and citations to social-science fieldwork. Education is in the streets: A global wave of student protests has spread over the past two years — Scott McLemee looks into a new book from the barricades.

From Public Knowledge Journal, a special issue on media and society. Alessandra Arcuri (EUR): Risk Regulation. Noah Hampson (Boston College): Hacktivism, Anonymous and a New Breed of Protest in a Networked World. John Mikhail (Georgetown): Moral Grammar and Human Rights: Some Reflections on Cognitive Science and Enlightenment Rationalism. Robert J. Miller (Lewis and Clark): The International Law of Colonialism: A Comparative Analysis. Will the aliens be nice? Don't bet on it — the potential risks from encountering extraterrestrial life far outweigh the benefits of searching for them. A review of Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism by Deborah Lutz. Ideas are overrated: Carlye Adler on startup guru Eric Ries’ radical new theory. That's Hot: What does it take to inflame a pyromaniac? Policymakers in the dock: Peter H. Schuck on the wisdom of protecting public officials from liability. The first chapter from Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics by Stephen J. Collier. There are only seven plots in all of fiction — in all of human life, really — and chances are you’re living one of them. Is there any reason to set top tax rates at anything but the rate which maximises government revenues? Even fictional, arbitrary stereotypes can hurt performance on standardized tests, according to a new study. When do gay kids start "acting gay"? Sometimes when they're toddlers. The Great Recession and the rich-country trap: There are three striking differences between wealthy and emerging countries that help explain the puzzling change in fortunes. Hofstadter’s "lost" book: Ben Hufbauer reflects on how a textbook changed the genre, the way the public viewed American history and the way he shaped his career. Adam Penenberg on the 10 best Amazon reviews — ever.

A new issue of Australian Studies is out. Laurie Berg (UTS): "Mate Speak English, You're in Australia Now": English Language Requirements in Skilled Migration. How fair is Australia’s welfare state? Australia redistributes more to the poorest fifth of the population than virtually any other OECD country. There is a growing unofficial creed among many Australian parents that a "good school" for their children is one where minorities are in the minority. From Adbusters, Richard Neville on the spark that lights up Australia. Can a country with as small a population and academic sector as Australia’s support a monthly literary review that aspires to the stature of The New York Review of Books or Times Literary Supplement? Apparently not. Ramon Glazov on how Australian oligarch Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is using dirty tricks and libertarian lies to fleece Aborigines out of billions. An article on Canada vs. Australia: The upside of down under. From Geist, Canada for Spartans: Stephen Henighan exposes the errors, omis­sions and prob­lem­atic val­ues expressed in the Conservative party’s study guide for Canadian citizenship. Canada does have a foreign policy after all — call it the Layton Doctrine. Canada’s crime rate is dropping as immigration increases — is there a connection? Conrad Black on the strange death of Liberal Canada. The global state of the art of speech-giving, speech-making and agitprop: An interview with public intellectual John Ralston Saul. The election that gutted Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals swept in dozens of unlikely MPs, so how will the nation fare with students, Tamils and punk rockers in charge, instead of “grumpy old white guys? Our Hidden History: Why do we downplay the seminal moment in Canadian democracy? A review of So Vast and Various: Interpreting Canada's Regions in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.