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.
"The Book of Genesis: A Biography" treats a classic religious text as if it were alive. Scott McLemee learns what it begat.
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.
When is a forbidden book most fascinating? When it doesn't actually exist. Scott McLemee browses for the call numbers of the damned.
Was a legendary humanist and professor opposed to higher ed? Scott McLemee looks at the record.
The most famous literary award in the world finally catches up with Chinese literature. Scott McLemee discusses Mo Yan.
There's more to the American past than able-bodied pioneers. Scott McLemee reads A Disability History of the United States.
A historical study of clashing values in teachers' unions appears as Chicago teachers suspend strike. Scott McLemee asks the author for context.
A paleontologist explores the outer reaches of the evolution of sex in a new book. Scott McLemee feels kind of dirty just thinking about it.
Historians discuss the challenge of writing about the recent past. Scott McLemee tries to put things in context.
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