Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
August 13, 2008

The presidential campaigns are running themselves into the ground. Scott McLemee thinks space is the place....

August 6, 2008

A friend recently noted that this week’s column would probably run at just about the time the Chinese government was using the Olympic torch to burn down a Tibetan village. Perhaps, he said, this might be a good occasion to check out the latest edition of The Ancient Olympic Games by Judith Swadding – first published by the British Museum in 1980 and now being reissued by the University of Texas Press.

July 30, 2008

Three years ago, an undercover agent in Maryland spied on activists. Scott McLemee finds her description in a sociologist's article from 1974.

July 23, 2008

Newspapers keep abandoning any responsibility toward books. Scott McLemee looks back at print culture....

July 16, 2008

We have, by contemporary standards, a mixed marriage, for I am a nerd, while my wife is a geek. A good thing no kids are involved; we’d argue about how to raise them.

July 9, 2008

Was the new Pixar film "WALL-E" inspired by an American cultural theorist? Scott McLemee goes over the moon to find out.

July 2, 2008

University presses gathered in Montreal last week to discuss the future. Scott McLemee comes back with a report.

June 25, 2008

A new field of research is emerging, devoted to the study of ignorance. Scott McLemee did not know that.

June 18, 2008

Scott McLemee continues his preview of the publishing season ahead.

June 11, 2008

The longest-running IHE column passes a landmark. Scott McLemee takes stock of an "Internet decade."

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July 30, 2008

Three years ago, an undercover agent in Maryland spied on activists. Scott McLemee finds her description in a sociologist's article from 1974.

July 23, 2008

Newspapers keep abandoning any responsibility toward books. Scott McLemee looks back at print culture....

July 16, 2008

We have, by contemporary standards, a mixed marriage, for I am a nerd, while my wife is a geek. A good thing no kids are involved; we’d argue about how to raise them.

July 9, 2008

Was the new Pixar film "WALL-E" inspired by an American cultural theorist? Scott McLemee goes over the moon to find out.

July 2, 2008

University presses gathered in Montreal last week to discuss the future. Scott McLemee comes back with a report.

June 25, 2008

A new field of research is emerging, devoted to the study of ignorance. Scott McLemee did not know that.

June 18, 2008

Scott McLemee continues his preview of the publishing season ahead.

June 11, 2008

The longest-running IHE column passes a landmark. Scott McLemee takes stock of an "Internet decade."

June 4, 2008

What are the potential crossover books from university presses in the fall? Scott McLemee begins the survey...

May 28, 2008

Last week, Intellectual Affairs gave the recent cable TV miniseries “Sex: The Revolution” a nod of recognition, however qualified, for its possible educational value. The idea that sex has a history is not, as such, self-evident. The series covers the changes in attitudes and norms between roughly 1950 and 1990 through interviews and archival footage. Most of this flies past at a breakneck speed, alas. The past becomes a hostage of the audience’s presumably diminished attention span.

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