Scott McLemee

Scott McLemee is the Intellectual Affairs columnist for Inside Higher Ed. In 2008, he began a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. From 1995 until 2001, he was contributing editor for Lingua Franca. Between 2001 and 2005, he covered scholarship in the humanities as senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2005, he helped start the online news journal Inside Higher Ed, where he serves as Essayist at Large, writing a weekly column called Intellectual Affairs. His reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Newsday, Bookforum, The Common Review, and numerous other publications. In 2004, he received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He has given papers or been an invited speaker at meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Cultural Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Organization of American Historians. A selection of his work is available at his website. He is also a member of two group blogs, Crooked Timber and Cliopatria.

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February 28, 2007
Will bringing in an inspirational speaker cure the faculty blues? Scott McLemee describes a skirmish in the culture wars.
February 21, 2007
Thanks to DNA testing, Sally Hemings is fully part of national history. Scott McLemee considers the work of a scholar who fears the real story will be whitewashed.
February 14, 2007
Gershon Legman thought sexual repression made for a mean and bitter society. Scott McLemee wonders if the culture automatically gets more pleasant when we let it all hang out.
February 7, 2007
When dissident intellectuals in Iran appeal to colleagues in the U.S. for solidarity, the silence is often deafening. Scott McLemee interviews an activist trying to change that.
January 31, 2007
Keeping up with the culture is a full-time job. Scott McLemee talks with a professor who does it 24-7.
January 25, 2007
An occupying army, an Islamic insurgency, and no end in sight.... Scott McLemee looks at two books ripped from the headlines -- of 50 years ago.
January 17, 2007
Thank goodness national Get Organized Month is half over. Scott McLemee takes a look at a new book on the uses of disorder.
January 10, 2007
Is President Bush a student of Hegel? Scott McLemee doubts it, but considers the evidence.
January 3, 2007
A panel at MLA discusses academic blogging and the "old boys' network" -- and marked the end of one prominent blogger's prolific career online. Scott McLemee reports from the digital "parlor."
December 27, 2006
Scott McLemee talks with Geoffrey Galt Harpham about his new book on Scarry, Nussbaum, Žižek, and Said -- and what the analysis says about the academy.

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