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November 1, 2006

Clifford Geertz, a leading cultural anthropologist whose influence extended to many other disciplines, died Monday from complications following heart surgery. Geertz, 80, was professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, N.J., where his hiring in 1970 started what became the School of Social Science. Geertz's work has been particularly influential on questions of culture, religion (especially Islam), political structures, and village and family life.

October 31, 2006

Report chides publishers for alleged role in limiting the used book market.

October 31, 2006

NCAA panel calls for campus chiefs to help bring fiscal sanity back to big-time college sports. History may not bode well.

October 31, 2006

Ahh, the golden days of yore: family dinners in front of the fireplace, unlocked front doors, children riding bikes trailed by streamers, softly squeezing their horns as the ice cream truck sings – and mumps and whooping cough and tuberculosis, oh my.

October 31, 2006

Darrell G. Kirch, the new president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, used his inaugural address Sunday to call for the group's members to push for "the public good." Kirch criticized the erosion of financial aid for medical students -- and also questioned the attitudes of medical school leaders who seek earmarks and special treatment from lawmakers.

October 31, 2006

Deborah L. Rhode has joined the campaign against the role of status in defining what matters in higher education. Her new book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Scholars, Status, and Academic Culture (Stanford University Press) questions why excellence is defined as it is today, and explores the impact that prestige has on the choices made by academics and scholars. Rhode, a professor of law and director of the Center on Ethics at Stanford University, responded to questions about the themes of her book.

October 31, 2006

With Jane Fernandes out, protesters open up the campus gates. But where will the university go now?

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