24 août 2015

Portrait of Deception

HomeBy Scott McLemee. Among the passengers disembarking from a ship from that reached Philadelphia in the final days of December 1941 was one Mark Zborowski -- a Ukrainian-born intellectual who grew up in Poland. He had lived in Paris for most of the previous decade, studying at the Sorbonne. He was detained by the authorities for a while (the U.S. had declared war on the Axis powers just three weeks earlier, so his visa must have been triple-checked) and then released. Read more...

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Reimagining College Summer Reading

HomeBy Linda Hall. When I heard that Skidmore College, where I teach, had assigned Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams to its incoming first-year students, I couldn’t help marveling at our originality. Summer reading programs tend to choose the same old books, or rather the same nearly new ones. Read more...

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'Bright Future' Layoffs

HomeBy Kellie Woodhouse. After Ashland University on Friday laid off 23 instructors -- many of them tenured -- and eliminated another nine teaching positions, President Carlos Campo described the future at the financially troubled university as "bright." 
The move is a drastic one. Read more...

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Not Just Research

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. It’s no secret that science courses, particularly at the first- and second-year levels, can be dry. The classes are big, the content is wide but typically shallow, and professors often resort to lectures. Read more...

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Please Forward!

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. When political campaigns enlist college and university employees to spread the word to colleagues and students, they may inadvertently be asking their supporters to break institutional policy -- or state law. Read more...

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Extracurricular Activities

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The hack of the Ashley Madison website, where those seeking extramarital affairs could theoretically communicate privately, has led to much analysis of the 36 million names of registrants now publicly available. Read more...

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What Freshmen Know ... and Don't Know

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released its "mind-set list" to help faculty and administrators understand what a new class of freshmen have experienced and not experienced. Read more...

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Ban on Sagging Pants

HomeBy Jake New. Officials at Henderson State University on Friday defended the university’s decision to ban “sagging pants” on campus, amid concerns from students that the ban targeted black students. Read more...

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Weekend Reading: Almost Back Edition

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . Mid-late August is an odd time in the higher ed calendar, as some schools have already started their semesters, while at other places, people are either clinging to the last two weeks of summer or franticly working to finish things before everything begins again. Whichever applies to you, I hope that your weekend is a great one, and that it contains absolutely no beet salad. Read more...

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Why We Need to Resurrect Our Souls

By Mark Edmundson. It is no secret: Culture in the West has become progressively more practical, materially oriented, and skeptical. When I look out at my students, I see people who are in the process of choosing a way to make money and succeed, a strategy for getting on in life. More...

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