Volume 62, Issue 16: December 18, 2015

December 13, 2015

This week's highlights.


What you need to know about the past seven days.

They spoke out about racism.

She pushed back on a culture of victimization.

He pulled together a group of colleges to rethink how students apply.

She spurred a rallying cry for women in science.

She led an insurgency to keep Sweet Briar College open.

She helped make trigger warnings a campus debate. 

He repealed state laws that protected tenure and shared governance.

She translated the economics of higher education for a broad audience. 

He forced a reckoning with deep problems in science. 

The firm has professionalized hiring and injected more secrecy, too.

A presidential election held in wartime produced rancor on campuses. 

In revisiting a challenge to the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race, the justices pressed lawyers for data showing whether the policy is necessary.

Justice Antonin Scalia drew widespread condemnation by raising the idea that black students might fare better at "less-advanced" colleges. Scholars have been studying — and debating — the "mismatch" theory he referenced for years. 

As the justices heard oral arguments on race-conscious admissions, protesters discussed links between college access and the demonstrations over racial climate that have recently roiled campuses. 

Studies suggest that when minorities account for 35 percent of the student body, a campus’s climate improves. But researchers hesitate to endorse a specific figure for diversity goals.

With many Muslim students fearing for their safety in a contentious political climate, Muslim professors and students say their roles as campus leaders are shifting before their eyes. 

Leaders of historically black colleges say there’s reason to be concerned about professors' being poached by wealthier institutions. But they can make a convincing case for faculty to stay where they are. 

On many campuses, students, not professors, are the ones pushing for change.

Colleges face growing pressure to hire more minority professors, but the latest data show little progress in awarding more doctorates to black students. 

The National Institutes of Health turns toward the "invisible glue" of research universities to help with a glut of postdocs. 

Student hunger and homelessness appear more widespread than many campus leaders had realized. Hattie Elmore, director of a program that helps students at a New York college navigate money and housing problems, talks about the issues she confronts daily.

Mary Pope Hutson, the new vice president, was part of a group that sued to keep the women’s college open. 

A book by a poet and marine zoologist inspires a university president to think more deeply about word meanings.


President Sari Feldman of the American Library Association discusses programs that preserve tweets as well as books.



How much do we play into the professorial stereotype that our students want us to portray?


The university’s reckless action has cast a pall on faculty hiring across academe.


Thanks to educators and pastors, fear of Muslims is steadily taking root in Christian theology.


The activism of 50 years ago laid the groundwork for the campus unrest of today.


Colleges should incorporate the ugly history of bigotry into their curricula.


The players in films may have changed over the past 40 years, but the narrative remains the same.


The essay spoke for and through its time, writes the essayist herself. But now she sees that it was rooted in her own relationship to Hollywood.


Its opacity notwithstanding, Mulvey’s theory cleared the way for further challenges to "the look" of others.


Mulvey’s essay captured an enduring ambivalence about cinema.


Four decades later, Laura Mulvey’s "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" continues to illuminate.


Dietary reformers have long given us ethically infused advice to chew on.


Lecturing in a toga risks ridicule, but risk is part of the lesson.