From Research Trends, a special issue on arts and humanities. The major that could end racism: Katie Hyslop Goes inside one University of British Columbia professor's quest to help popularize indigenous studies. The awesomest 7-year postdoc: Radhika Nagpal on how she learned to stop worrying and love the tenure-track faculty life. Nora Caplan-Bricker on how higher education has bigger problems than student loans. Is women's empowerment behind the humanities “crisis”? Nora Caplan-Bricker wants to know. Slow and fast learning in the digital age: Linda Essig on how the proliferation of online learning tools requires us to take a closer look at how we think, teach and learn. In college admissions, affirmative action and its critics both have the same problem. Culture shock: There’s a reason why they call it the humanities. James M. Lang on how how college classes encourage cheating: Our universities motivate students to be dishonest — here’s how to fix them. No laughing matter: Why the university novel is now more tragedy than comedy. From THE, decline and fall of American presidencies: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald Kauvar and E. Grady Bogue on forced departures and how to avoid them. Carole Cadwalladr on porn wars: the debate that's dividing academia. From The University Bookman, Peter Augustine Lawler on deinstitutionalizing the humanities. Ripping off young America: Matt Taibbi on the college-loan scandal. So you are starting your first year at a research university.

Scott D. Scheall (ASU): Hayek the Apriorist? From Public Discourse, Julia Shaw reviews How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization by Mary Eberstadt (and more); Richard W. Garnett on Mary Ann Glendon and the structure of religious freedom; and Robert George remembers Jean Bethke Elshtain, gifted thinker and courageous woman. Ezra Klein on a terrifying look into John Boehner’s awful job: This is not a safe way to govern the country. From Fortnightly Review, Alan Macfarlane on Anthropology, Empire and Modernity, the Huxley Lecture at the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2012. What is the difference between mascara, eye-liner and concealer? Emma Carmichael on six philosophical inquiries. Waheed Hussain reviews Public Capitalism: The Political Authority of Corporate Executives by Christopher McMahon. Walter Hamilton on Nauru, Australia's human dumping ground. Andrea Peterson on the 30 questions the White House doesn’t seem to want to answer. Claude Levi-Strauss stays the mighty hand of history, at least for a moment. Dan McLaughlin on 73 rules for running for president as a Republican. Potpourri: Michelle Goodman on the $63,000 machine that transforms pot plants into concentrates. Child’s play: James Kirchick on the fairy-tale world of Model United Nations. Tits, out: A campaign to get rid of tabloid nudity says much about Britain's changing attitudes to sex. Is the New Age here? Well, yes and no.

From TNR, John Judis on a kind word about neo-conservatism; and Marc Oppenheimer on the New Puritans: When did liberals become so uptight? Nick Gillespie on five myths about libertarians. Bruce Bartlett on the coming revival of liberalism. Jay Cost on the New Old Thing: Jeffersonian populism returns. The future of a movement after Occupy and Obama: An excerpt from Blacks In and Out of the Left by Michael C. Dawson. Andrew Sullivan on peering into the rotting entrails of the intellectual Right. David V. Johnson on revolutionizing ethics: Moral sentimentalism rules the ethical landscape — for radical change, the Left should take morality back. Christine Woodside on little libertarians on the prairie: Was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved children’s series written as an anti-New Deal fable? Janet Biehl reviews Recovering Bookchin: Social Ecology and the Crisis of Our Time by Andy Price. Claire Conner on her book Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right. Kevin Slack reviews I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles Kesler and Takeover: How the Left's Quest for Social Justice Corrupted Liberalism by Donald T. Critchlow and W.J. Rorabaugh. From the Mises Institute, Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. on the libertarian paradox; and Hans-Hermann Hoppe on the logical beauty of libertarianism. Conservatives launch new website,, to take down institutional Left, no really for serious this time you guys.