Conversations about higher education
Carol Swain, a political scientist and a Christian conservative, is retiring early from teaching a year after Vanderbilt students called her a bigot and petitioned for her suspension.
The author of a recent book on transgender college students worries about Trump's rollback of Obama-era protections and advocates moving beyond "best practices" for inclusion.
Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington, faced criticism after declining to block Milo Yiannopoulos from her campus. She talks to The Chronicle about free speech, tolerance, and student safety.
Michael Mann has been fighting climate-change deniers since the late 1990s. Now he’s telling his fellow scientists to warm up for a new round of attacks.
A campus activist reflects on how sexual-assault survivors organized to change the discussion under the Obama administration and how they plan to meet the challenges under President Trump.
George Ciccariello-Maher, the Drexel University professor who caused a furor by tweeting "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide," says academe must brace for the fight of its life.
Rage over racial, gender, and sexual identity has no sense of proportion and creates a damaging spectacle, says Mark Lilla, a professor of humanities at Columbia University.
The cultural challenges of first-generation students, says M. Sonja Ardoin, aren’t easily resolved — even years later, when as faculty members they’re asked, "What wine will you have?"
Charles C. Camosy, an associate professor of theology at Fordham University, talks about why academics are out of touch and what they should do about it.
Anna Deavere Smith, master of documentary theater, talks about personal narrative, empathy, and colleges’ potential to reach vulnerable students and to disrupt cliques.
A University of California professor who just wrote a book about public higher education in shambles talks about restoring support, kludging administrators, and California noir.