Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
October 31, 2007

The editors of the cultural magazine .N+1 are publishing a booklet called What We Should Have Known: Two Discussions that they have prepared for undergraduates. Copies have only just come back from the printer, it seems, but I’ve had a look at a prepublication PDF and now feel a certain evangelizing fervor for the whole project.

October 24, 2007
Sometimes bric-a-brac has meaning. Scott McLemee interviews an interpreter.
October 17, 2007
They long for a clash of civilizations that would destroy our liberties. Scott McLemee worries about the fanatics among us.
October 10, 2007
A new biography reveals Charles Schulz's personal life. But Scott McLemee looks abroad for an appreciation of his work.
October 3, 2007
Is Todd Gitlin a "left conservative"? Scott McLemee interviews him for a podcast and considers some afterthoughts.
September 26, 2007
If you do research online, there's a new digital tool that will make your life much easier. Scott McLemee plugs in.
September 19, 2007

A few months back, Intellectual Affairs reported on the work of a couple of social scientists who were studying the contemporary antiwar movement. They have been showing up at the national demonstrations over the past several years and – with the help of assistants instructed in a method of random sampling – conducting surveys of the participants. The data so harvested was then coded and fed into a computer, and the responses cross-correlated in order to find any patterns hidden in the data.

September 12, 2007
A legendary social science book is back in the news. Scott McLemee looks at a controversial classic.
September 5, 2007
The late Al Shanker was both labor leader and ideological warrior. Scott McLemee interviews his biographer for a podcast.
August 29, 2007

Polemics seldom age well. But when Harold Cruse published The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual during the fall of 1967, he aimed his verbal artillery in so many directions that it seems as if some of the missiles are still landing four decades later. (At the time of his death in 2005, Cruse was professor emeritus of African-American studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.)

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