Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
A new book denounces competitive athletics as "a global plague." Scott McLemee pulls no punches.
It infected a third of the world's population and killed tens of millions. Scott McLemee reads a new book recalling the influenza pandemic of 1918.
Fierce debate breaks out yet again about an ever-controversial field of scholarship. Scott McLemee keeps his eyes on the prize. 

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December 19, 2012

It's the music that makes the universe dance: Scott McLemee reads The Best Writing in Mathematics 2012.

December 12, 2012

A prominent social theorist gathers his thoughts on the past few years of upheaval. Scott McLemee risks an opinion.

November 28, 2012

Temple was the first institution to offer a doctorate in African-American studies and has seen heated debates over the discipline's direction. The rejection of the department's choice as chair has set off a new controversy.

November 28, 2012

"The Book of Genesis: A Biography" treats a classic religious text as if it were alive. Scott McLemee learns what it begat.

November 14, 2012

Has November become the month for student protests over budget cuts and tuition hikes? Scott McLemee reports on developments in London -- and closer to home.

November 7, 2012

When is a forbidden book most fascinating? When it doesn't actually exist. Scott McLemee browses for the call numbers of the damned.

October 31, 2012

Was a legendary humanist and professor opposed to higher ed? Scott McLemee looks at the record.

October 17, 2012

The most famous literary award in the world finally catches up with Chinese literature. Scott McLemee discusses Mo Yan.

September 26, 2012

There's more to the American past than able-bodied pioneers. Scott McLemee reads A Disability History of the United States.

September 19, 2012

A historical study of clashing values in teachers' unions appears as Chicago teachers suspend strike. Scott McLemee asks the author for context.

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