Book Review: “How Economics Shapes Science”

Book Review: “How Economics Shapes Science”

By Beryl Lieff Benderly “Follow the money!” According to the film All the President’s Men, this advice from the shadowy informant known as Deep Throat guided Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in cracking the Watergate conspiracy. The strategy also serves Georgia State University economist Paula Stephan extremely well in her illuminating and accessible new book, How Economics […]

Hire-A-Pirate Service Seeks to Make Rented e-Textbooks More, Ahem, “Affordable” For Students

Hire-A-Pirate Service Seeks to Make Rented e-Textbooks More, Ahem, “Affordable” For Students

During August, just before the start of the new school term, TorrentFreak reported on LibraryPirate, a site with a mission of providing college students with an alternative to continuously rising textbook prices. Bemoaning what he sees as greedy profiteering, LibraryPirate’s admin says the year-old site’s aim is clear. “Our mission is simple and specific,” he told TorrentFreak. […]

On Course: A Review of James M. Lang’s Guide for Beginning College Teachers

On Course: A Review of James M. Lang’s Guide for Beginning College Teachers

by Heidi Tworek, Ph.D. James Lang’s On Course is an accessible and wittily-written guide to all the major aspects of the first semester of teaching. Lang takes readers through their first semester week-by-week, from writing the class syllabus, lecturing, and leading discussions right up to the last days of class and designing and interpreting student evaluations. The […]

The Woe-Is-Us Books

  By Stanley Fish Last week, as I was preparing a presentation for still another conference on the fate of the liberal arts in our time, two things happened. The first was that I read or re-read a bunch of recent books (mostly short and punchy) on the subject — “Crisis On Campus” (Mark C. […]

Review of Guiding Students from Cheating and Plagiarism to Honesty and Integrity: Strategies for Change

  Review of Guiding Students from Cheating and Plagiarism to Honesty and Integrity: Strategies for Change by Ann Lathrop and Kathleen Foss, 2005 Reviewed by Greg Beatty Guiding Students from Cheating and Plagiarism to Honesty and Integrity is a useful and fascinating book. Guiding Students provides a host of useful tools that can be applied […]

A Review of Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids — and What We Can Do About It

  by Steven Knapp Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus have written a lucid, passionate and wide-ranging book on the state of American higher education and what they perceive as its increasing betrayal of its primary mission — for them, the teaching of undergraduates. That both are academics — one a well-known professor (Mr. Hacker) and […]

The Barack Obama Book Club

  by Samuel Jacobs With the Obama family vacation just around the corner, we’d like to offer a refresher to anyone who is behind on their Barack Obama reading list. When the president landed in Oaks Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard last August, he loaded his bedside table with 2,333 pages of reading for the week. Of […]

A Coversation With Sam Lipsyte About His Novel The Ask

by Gerald Howard One bitterly cold Friday in late December, at the butt end of the decade of our discontent, after a week in which health-care reform was almost scuttled by a single universally despised narcissist politician, Tiger Woods’ bedroom exploits continued to, you know, damage his brand, and publishers were finally going to the […]