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An image of the book jacket beside a picture of the author, Nicholas Dirks, a light-skinned man with gray hair and glasses

‘A Roller-Coaster Ride From Start to Finish’

Former Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks discusses his forthright new book, which recounts a tumultuous career in higher education on both coasts.

Opinion

Can an Academic Discipline Exhaust Itself?

Has U.S. history as an innovative field of academic research reached an endpoint? If so, where should junior scholars go from here?

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Opinion

In Defense of the Morality of Citation

Giving credit where it’s due is a moral issue, Susan D. Blum writes.

New Unions Represent Over 40K Grad Students, Postdocs, Researchers

Last year, 26 new bargaining units representing over 40,000 graduate student workers, postdoctoral workers or researchers officially formed across the...
The text of two departmental statements on the Israel-Hamas war, one from UC Merced and one from UC San Diego.

Should Departments Make Political Statements?

The University of California is considering a policy to limit “personal or collective opinions” on department websites. Some say it violates academic freedom.

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Professor’s Salty Suggestion Triggers Tempest in a Teapot

Her recommendation to put salt in tea spurs outraged British headlines, a U.S. Embassy statement and a flood of attention for Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Pro-Palestine protester at Harvard stands in front of man holding Israeli flag

Bruised and Battered, Harvard Seeks a Smoother Path for Student Protests

After a fall semester of blistering criticism for its handling of campus protests of the Israel-Hamas war, the university wants faculty to adopt a “content-neutral” plan for addressing classroom disruptions this semester.

A photograph of demonstrators holding umbrellas and signs, one of which says "Faculty Working Conditions Are Student Learning Conditions” and others of which say “CFA On Strike!”

Why Did the Cal State Strike End After Just 1 Day?

California State University’s systemwide strike quickly ended with a tentative agreement. Some faculty members are urging a no vote on what union leaders say is an “excellent” deal.