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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Adjuncts Rally for Union at Temple University

by Rosella Eleanor LaFevre The Adjunct Organizing Committee, a group that aims to unionize Temple’s part-time faculty, declared the week of Nov. 16th Adjunct Awareness Week. Members of the committee stood at the Bell Tower around noon every day through Nov. 20th. The AOC has worked for several years to unionize adjuncts. Its goals are […]

A Review of: Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson

reviewed by Jay Mathews STONES INTO SCHOOLS Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan By Greg Mortenson Viking. 420 pp. $26.95 Greg Mortenson’s first book, Three Cups of Tea, was a gravity-defying, wide-screen, wilderness adventure. It began with the author’s failed attempt to climb the world’s second-highest mountain. It included a daring […]