Top Reads of 2015
Over the past year, The Chronicle Review published 196 essays, book reviews, and news articles written by professors, administrators, grad students, journalists, and one personal assistant. Taken as a whole, the themes that inspired, unsettled, and provoked readers included the corporatization of the university; sexual politics and the impact of Title IX; tensions between academic freedom and civility; race on campus (including injustices suffered by black professors), and the push and pull of intellectual progress across the disciplines.
Controversy swirled around a work of urban ethnography. Academic outcasts sought to contribute new insights (and, perhaps, revive their reputations). Professors questioned the teaching-research binary and diagnosed a “plague of hypersensitivity.”
Here are 10 articles that strongly connected with readers in 2015. We think they’re worth another look.