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Steven Conn

Steven Conn is a professor of history at Miami University, in Ohio, and helps run the project Picturing Black History, in collaboration with Getty Images.

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review | Opinion

    Ron DeSantis and the Specter of Lynne Cheney

    Conservatives have long refused to accept that America’s past is complicated.
  • The Review

    Business Schools Have No Business in the University

    Even measured by their own standards, these finishing schools for junior executives are academic failures.
  • The Review

    The Importance of National Myths

    If historians don’t provide our country with grand narratives, sneaky demagogues will.
  • The Review

    How the Crisis of the Humanities Is Like the Greek Economy

    Humanities departments have been structured for failure, and like those Greek pensioners being lectured by Angela Merkel, we’ve been told it’s our fault.
  • The Conversation

    Welcome to Ohio State, Where Everything Is for Sale

    Steven Conn reveals the institution’s new motto, which he says is far more accurate, and realistic, than the old, civic-minded one.
  • The Conversation

    The Rise of the Helicopter Teacher

    All their lives, today’s students have been told exactly what they need to do to get a good grade. Now they expect their college professors to continue holding their hands, says Steven Conn.
  • The Conversation

    The DIY University

    “Do it yourself” is a sinister, administrator-driven idea to make faculty members do more for less. Steven Conn protests.
  • The Conversation

    Trusting the Trustees?

    The Ohio State University board failed in handling E. Gordon Gee’s hiring, not to mention his retirement.
  • The Conversation

    Eaten by the Athletics Beast

    E. Gordon Gee’s retirement is less about the gaffes he made than it is about the power of college sports, Steven Conn writes.
  • Point of View

    In College Classrooms, the Problem Is High-School Athletics

    To what extent has the growth in seriousness of sports at that level contributed to the general dumbing down of public education?