I’m Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer at The Chronicle covering innovation in and around academe. Here’s what I’m thinking about this week.

Vacation state of mind.

I’m off this week. And while fishing isn’t really on my agenda, I do look forward to some kayak time on the water, bicycle time on the trails, and sandpiper-watching at the shoreline.

For me, vacations are also great times for really digging into books. Last year’s project was the brilliant Pulitzer Prize winner The Overstory. This year, I’ll be reading Wayward, chosen because several college classmates and I are again following (in a very abridged way) Colgate University’s Living Writers course. Yes, this is the latest iteration of a creative, intergenerational educational offering I highlighted two years ago, and it’s great to see it still going strong, even if my crew is only planning to tackle a fraction of the syllabus.

I’m also excited to dive into the two new books just published by friends and colleagues: Discredited, by Andy Thomason, and The State Must Provide, by Adam Harris. But candidly, those may end up waiting until I’m back and a little less focused on taking a break from thinking about higher ed.

All this talk about books is also a good reminder. I’m always eager to pass along your suggestions of nonfiction that could provide insight into higher-ed culture and innovation, especially books (or articles) that aren’t actually directly about higher ed. So please continue to share those with me (via the email address for me below) along with a sentence or two on why you’re recommending it.

And in the meantime, if you’re really missing The Edge this week, I invite you to look back on past issues here. Or check out some of my own favorites from the past few months, including newsletters on Christian-college students working to win over their vaccine-hesitant peers, an examination of a much-hyped student-success contest that never gave out its $5-million prize, an exploration of what an $800-million deal for a MOOC company means for the future of online education, and one that I especially enjoyed writing on how higher ed can help repair our democracy. Honestly, whether I’m on vacation or on the clock, that’s a concern that’s never far from my mind.

I’ll be back in your inboxes with the next issue of The Edge on September 29.

The road ahead for research.

Here’s an upcoming Chronicle event: The nation’s research enterprise, along with the careers of scientists and humanists, has been upended by the pandemic. Fieldwork was canceled, research projects placed on indefinite pause, and scholarly production, particularly among female researchers, dropped. How does higher education move forward? To find out, join a virtual forum with Alexander Kafka, a senior editor at The Chronicle, and a panel of experts on Thursday, September 23 at 2 p.m., ET.

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