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Commentary

Missouri’s Public-Health Enemy No. 1: a Gun in Every Pocket

How can an educator reassure her worried students when irresponsible legislators have granted a universal right to carry firearms, no training required?

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The Chronicle Review

A Prominent Scholar-Activist Trades Law for the Seminary

The New Jim Crow's author, Michelle Alexander, seeks a platform to effect wider cultural change.

Letters

Tests With Irrelevant Time Limits Unfairly Punish Many Students

Without the accommodation of extended time, students with reading disabilities only have access to a portion of the exam, whereas students who read easily have access to the entire exam.

Letters

Government Funding Can Support Applied Research

When industry funding is not available, government funding can expand beyond basic research.

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The Chronicle Review

Is Political Science Too Pessimistic?

The loss of a transformative vision, says Jennifer Hochschild, leaves the field without a conviction that people can make a difference.

Letters

How One Institution Puts Focus on Diversity During Hiring Process

Applicants, hiring committees, and deans emphasize how to teach a diverse student population.

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Commentary

Graduate-Student Unions Mean Good News for Professors, Too

Despite overblown warnings from university administrators, collective bargaining does not damage the mentor-mentee relationship.

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Commentary

The No-Censorship Approach to Life

The burden we impose on ourselves by forgoing limits on speech is the responsibility to engage in the debate, on campus as in the larger society.

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The Chronicle Review

Love Songs With a Side of Theory

Organizing a young mind and heart around a diner's jukebox 45s.

Letters

Without Emphasis on Diversity, Hiring Process Is Not a Meritocracy

Any opposition to diversity among the faculty is essentially a call for maintaining white, largely male privilege.

Letters

Recurring Problems in Articles on Faculty Diversity

One is that weighing race, ethnicity, and sex in employment selection and promotion is illegal under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Commentary

Welcome, Freshmen. Look at Me When I Talk to You.

Digital technologies can enhance student learning. But they also present dangers, which we should explain to digital natives newly arrived on campuses.

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The Chronicle Review

Beowulf Among the Ruins

There’s nothing like broken classroom windows and mice to enhance the study of an Old English epic.

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The Chronicle Review

On Refusing to Read

Be choosy about how you invest your intellectual energy. You owe it to your field.

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The Chronicle Review

When Analogies Fail

Good ones enlighten. Lesser ones merely divert our flighty screened-out brains.

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Books

Weekly Book List, September 16, 2016

Descriptions of the latest titles, divided by category.

Letters

Potential Harm From Elsevier Patent Goes Beyond Open-Access Journals

The patent could just as easily be used against publishers who charge subscriptions.

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Commentary

NLRB’s Graduate-Assistant Ruling: Bad News for Administrators and Students

The decision in the Columbia University case will have a profound and unfortunate effect on private education as we know it.

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Commentary

‘Safe’ Is in the Brain of the Beholder

Instead of disparaging students’ requests for safe spaces, professors should try joining them there.

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The Chronicle Review

Are Students Humorless?

No, but like every generation before them, they find some subjects too fraught to laugh at.

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Books

Weekly Book List, September 9, 2016

Descriptions of the latest titles, divided by category.

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The Chronicle Review

A Very Public Intellectual

The NEH's chairman, Bro Adams, tries to make a case for the humanities. Is anyone listening?

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The Chronicle Review

Piracy Fills a Publishing Need

If you’re outraged, consider workable alternatives in the legit market.