Bean counters, bureaucrats, and barbarians are to blame.
A master plan for the 21st century must have research at the core.
Current thinking views higher education as job training. That’s a mistake.
The professoriate needs to refocus on students or face extinction.
Northwestern University’s prosecution of Peter Ludlow was a purification ritual dressed up as a civilized hearing.
A case for looking beyond the elite universities to find prospective justices.
Women are the primary readers of popular histories. Why aren't they the primary authors of them?
If historians don’t provide our country with grand narratives, sneaky demagogues will.
This intellect-imperiled age demands that colleges offer open access.
The Grit Lit writer was a hell raiser, but he also had deep compassion for his students.
Illicit border crossings weren't abstract interests — they were his childhood.
Although much maligned, it can be deeply enriching, inspiring, and community building.
Academe rightly objects to President Trump’s immigration bans. But by doing so for corporatist, not humanitarian, reasons, it tacitly endorses his priorities.
How a seemingly innocent blog post led to serious doubts about Cornell’s famous food laboratory.
How the humanities survive on exploitation.
Love them if you have to, but to free your mind, leave them behind.
The campus climate of fear imperils academe as an incubator of provocative ideas.
The senior African-American scholars I meet are bitter and disheartened. Am I doomed to the same fate?
Incivility is the only civilized response to barbarity.
What’s the good of having a freedom you’re afraid to use?
Christopher Lasch offered a lot of wisdom on a lot of subjects, but this isn’t one of them.
You don’t have the right to say whatever you want on a college campus.
Open society ends at the campus gates. Watch what you say — and what you think.
Hitler was a fan of America's racial hierarchies.
The sage of Walden distrusted government but disdained materialism and provincialism even more.
An evolutionary biologist speculates, but timidly.
This little circle of SoCal Straussians became the intellectual hub of Trumpism.
Censorship’s a demon. Still, we can all recognize that ostensibly free speech carries unequal emotional costs.