Quick Takes: Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Dies, Censorship Charge at Art Institute of California, Virginia Plans New Med School, Antitrust Issues and Workers' Rights, Incentives for Retention, Building American U. of Iraq

January 3, 2007

  • Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, a prolific scholar of American history and a sometimes controversial figure in women's studies, died Tuesday at the age of 65, following complications and infections related to surgery last year. Fox-Genovese has been a professor at Emory University since 1986 and previously taught at the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of Rochester. She was the author of numerous books and articles -- a number of them about the antebellum South, and some written with her husband, Eugene Genovese. Most recently, they published The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview. Many of Fox-Genovese's books were in women's history and she has been credited with path-breaking work in the field. As her career progressed, however, Fox-Genovese clashed with many women's studies scholars -- quitting the directorship of Emory's women's studies program in 1992 and criticizing the direction of the discipline, which she viewed as politicized. In 2003, she was awarded a National Humanities Medal. Fox-Genovese and her husband gave a joint interview to The American Enterprise in 1996 that discussed their intellectual and political evolutions, scholarship, and their collaboration.
  • A student at the Art Institute of California in San Francisco is accusing the institution of censorship for removing copies of a magazine containing a piece he created about the treatment of black people by the media, ABC 7 News reported. The characters in the story appear to be black kids on a killing rampage, but they turn out to be characters in a game played by white suburban kids. Art Institute officials defended their right as a private institution to decide what should be distributed on campus.
  • Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will today announce plans for a new medical school in Virginia, the Associated Press reported. The announcement comes at a time that the Association of American Medical Colleges is calling for a significant increase in medical enrollments.
  • The National Association of College Stores on Wednesday released a paper exploring legal issues related to push by student activists and others to have colleges require those manufacturing clothing with their institutional names to meet specific and rigorous criteria with regard to the treatment of workers. The paper raises questions about whether colleges that jointly agree to abide by such standards could face antitrust liability. Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, a group pushing for the tougher standard, said that he understood why colleges wanted to be assured that they would not face antitrust issues, but he said that companies were talking up the issue "to create an excuse, to let people stay out of the program and try to keep the high moral ground."
  • A study of a Canadian university, released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, has found that students are more likely to respond to retention efforts if they receive a combination of tutoring services and scholarship incentives than if they are offered either tutoring services or scholarship incentives alone.
  • An article in The New York Times details current efforts to build the American University of Iraq, a private institution along the model of the American universities in Beirut and Cairo. Efforts are moving ahead and money is being raised, but the article noted the concerns by some over the institution's location -- in the Kurdish part of Iraq, which is far more stable than other parts of the country, but where leaders hope to someday be an independent nation.


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