From The Monkey Cage, a symposium on the gender gap in academia, including Jane Mansbridge on why biases and disadvantages for women in academia persist; and can an automated tool help authors create better bibliographies and avoid gender biases? Peter Sacks reviews Derek Bok’s Higher Education in America (and more). William Chace on jump-starting American higher ed. Claire Goldstene on the emergent academic proletariat and its shortchanged students. For public colleges, the best tuition is no tuition. Watch the professor: Evan Kindley reviews Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture by Aaron Lecklider. Rick Perlstein on the death of democratic higher education. A bachelor’s degree could cost $10,000 total — here’s how. Self-fashioning in society and solitude: Nannerl O. Keohane on crafting a liberal-arts education. Heather Horn writes in defense of the humanities Ph.D.: Yes, the academic job market is a wasteland, but that doesn't make spending your twenties reading poetry for low pay irrational. A look at how college application fees hurt poor kids. Why are colleges giving away money to rich kids who don’t need it? They might value their rankings more than the economy. College admissions requirements in America are crazy — here’s a solution. Daniel Luzer writes in praise of the shabby, free, public university. Your stereotype of college students is bad and you should feel bad.

Jered Carr and Brent Never (Missouri): Confronting Wicked Problems in the Metropolis. Kathleen Marker (UC-Berkeley): The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in an Arab American Economy. From Student Pulse, America’s heart is in the city once again: John Gapper reviews The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving by Leigh Gallagher. Could machismo be to blame for the government shutdown? Jack Goldsmith on why we need an invasive NSA: It’s the best way to stave off the oncoming onslaught of cyber-attacks. Noam Scheiber on how Janet Yellen will be a better Fed chair because of who she hangs out with. PolitiFact launching new site dedicated to fact-checking TV and radio pundits, PunditFact. From The Baffler, networking into the abyss: Jacob Silverman on goes inside the empty bubble of SXSW Interactive. Nate Silver on the six big takeaways from the government shutdown. When Greece risks default, the IMF steps in — can the IMF have an impact on U.S. policy and debate? "Most of the idiots I know are academics": Luke Massey interviews Slavoj Zizek on Obama, stupidity and his favourite quasi-fascist industrial metal outfit — Rammstein. The Spanish firm that inspired Coke: Locals believe that the Spanish town of Aielo de Malferit is where Coca-Cola originated — and that the factory which developed the formula that inspired the world's best-selling soda has been cheated of its rightful place in history; not to mention profits.

Chenyang Li (NTU): China’s Meritocratic Examinations and the Ideal of Virtuous Talents; and Confucian Conception of Freedom. Donghua Chen and Junli Jerry Yu (Nanjing) and Oliver Zhen Li and Bernard Yin Yeung (NUS): Of Poetry and Ethics. Li Hongbin, Li Lei, Binzhen Wu, and Yanyan Xiong (Tsinghua): The End of Cheap Chinese Labor. Marisol Sandoval (City University London): Foxconned Labour as the Dark Side of the Information Age: Working Conditions at Apple’s Contract Manufacturers in China. As it adjusts to the end of its run of sustained, double-digit rates of annual economic growth, China is staking a great deal on the idea that growth and urbanisation are linked. Seeking truth from facts: Nick Holdstock on Bo Xilai; and on learning the wrong lessons in Xinjiang. An excerpt from Morality of China in Africa: The Middle Kingdom and the Dark Continent by Stephen Chan (and more). Alexander Kim on how China chases Central Asian pipe dream. China takes aim at Western ideas. Where is China's Gorbachev? Matt Schiavenza on why the country hasn't had — and isn't likely to have — a political reformer in the mold of the former Soviet leader. Will WeChat be China’s first top-100 global brand? In China, it's the grandparents who “lean in”. Looks good on paper: A flawed system for judging research is leading to academic fraud. Opening the floodgates: The great rivers of China are being dammed, regardless of the consequences. Matt Schiavenza on the peculiar history of foot binding in China. China lost 14 million people in World War II — why is this forgotten?