Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
September 26, 2007

If you do research online, there's a new digital tool that will make your life much easier. Scott McLemee plugs in.

September 19, 2007

A few months back, Intellectual Affairs reported on the work of a couple of social scientists who were studying the contemporary antiwar movement. They have been showing up at the national demonstrations over the past several years and – with the help of assistants instructed in a method of random sampling – conducting surveys of the participants. The data so harvested was then coded and fed into a computer, and the responses cross-correlated in order to find any patterns hidden in the data.

September 12, 2007

A legendary social science book is back in the news. Scott McLemee looks at a controversial classic.

September 5, 2007

The late Al Shanker was both labor leader and ideological warrior. Scott McLemee interviews his biographer for a podcast.

August 29, 2007

Polemics seldom age well. But when Harold Cruse published The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual during the fall of 1967, he aimed his verbal artillery in so many directions that it seems as if some of the missiles are still landing four decades later. (At the time of his death in 2005, Cruse was professor emeritus of African-American studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.)

August 22, 2007

Americans have no monopoly on crises of national identity. Scott McLemee takes off to the Great White North....

August 8, 2007

Imagine if world's most complete card catalog were just a mouse-click away. Scott McLemee chats with a young programmer who is making it happen.

August 1, 2007

There's a new report on the future of digital publishing in academe. Scott McLemee thinks you should drop everything and read it posthaste.

July 25, 2007

Ever dreamt of weeding out the excess books in your office? Scott McLemee interviews a professor who did the deed.

July 18, 2007

The end is near! Scott McLemee checks on the scholarly response to Harry Potter as devotees await the final chapter.

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