First Amendment Furor

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University press book sets off debate involving Alan Dershowitz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and charges of plagiarism and anti-Semitism.

Progress and Problems for Female Historians

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Report documents advances by women in history departments -- and lingering impact of sexism, both overt and subtle, on careers.

Dissent and Cake -- Happy Constitution Day!

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Colleges plan a variety of ways to mark a holiday they have been ordered to celebrate.

Inbred Historians

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Top departments criticized for admitting Ph.D. students and hiring faculty from narrow group of institutions.

Rift in Disability Studies

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Supreme Court case on assisted suicide leaves professors debating when and how their scholarly society should weigh in on policy issues.

Not Just Child's Play

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“90 AD: A recently built Zulu city fell to my forces today. It was burned to the ground. Pity, it had quite a nice view of the ocean.”

That’s a journal entry from the emperor of Japan. The virtual emperor of Japan, anyway.

“130 AD: Persia contacted me today. Apparently, he finally convinced Cleo to introduce us. He seemed annoyed. In exchange for his World Map, I taught him Polytheism.”

Don't Know Much About History

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Many colleges in recent years have eliminated majors or departments in relatively obscure fields, citing the need to focus on areas with growing student interest. Few, however, have taken the step Post University plans: eliminating majors in English and history and upper-level courses in liberal arts generally.

'Little Red Book,' Big Fat Lie

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A student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth has admitted that he fabricated his claims of being interrogated by Department of Homeland Security officials for checking out Mao’s Little Red Book from the university’s interlibrary loan system.

The 22-year-old student’s lies were uncovered by The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Mass., which first broke details of his story on December 17.

The Teaching Agenda

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At meetings of economists and of historians, scholars trade ideas on syllabuses, lecture classes, homework, silent students and more.

More Criticism of 'Academic Bill of Rights'

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Members of the American Historical Association voted Saturday to condemn the Academic Bill of Rights as an attack on academic freedom. The unanimous vote reflected widespread anger in the association, and among academics generally, about the Academic Bill of Rights, which has become a conservative cause in many state legislatures and on many campuses.

But the vote followed another one in which the association rejected a proposal to replace the resolution condemning the Academic Bill of Rights with one that also criticized campus speech codes.


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