Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
Nietzsche, Sartre, and Roland Barthes kept regular daily appointments with the piano. Scott McLemee listens in.
A new book denounces competitive athletics as "a global plague." Scott McLemee pulls no punches.
It infected a third of the world's population and killed tens of millions. Scott McLemee reads a new book recalling the influenza pandemic of 1918.
Fierce debate breaks out yet again about an ever-controversial field of scholarship. Scott McLemee keeps his eyes on the prize. 

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November 14, 2012
Has November become the month for student protests over budget cuts and tuition hikes? Scott McLemee reports on developments in London -- and closer to home.
November 7, 2012
When is a forbidden book most fascinating? When it doesn't actually exist. Scott McLemee browses for the call numbers of the damned.
October 31, 2012
Was a legendary humanist and professor opposed to higher ed? Scott McLemee looks at the record.
October 17, 2012
The most famous literary award in the world finally catches up with Chinese literature. Scott McLemee discusses Mo Yan.
September 26, 2012
There's more to the American past than able-bodied pioneers. Scott McLemee reads A Disability History of the United States.
September 19, 2012
A historical study of clashing values in teachers' unions appears as Chicago teachers suspend strike. Scott McLemee asks the author for context.
September 12, 2012
A paleontologist explores the outer reaches of the evolution of sex in a new book. Scott McLemee feels kind of dirty just thinking about it.
September 5, 2012
Historians discuss the challenge of writing about the recent past. Scott McLemee tries to put things in context.
August 29, 2012
Two political scientists are publishing a study of the presidential election -- as it's happening. Scott McLemee looks at the work-in-progress.
August 22, 2012
A new book by the eminent philosopher Jürgen Habermas shows signs of political frustration. Scott McLemee shares his pain.

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