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May 25, 2016
Scott McLemee reviews Terry Eagleton's new book, Culture, which unpacks the concept in its title.
May 24, 2016
Next year will be disruptive and confusing for students, families and most colleges in the admissions process, argues W. Kent Barnds, who wonders how so many changes can be good.

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May 25, 2016 - 9:00pm
Sociology -> Technology -> Learning -> Organizations -> Organizational Change
May 25, 2016 - 8:39pm
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May 24, 2016 - 11:19pm
Advice for thoughtfully disappearing during the final stretch of the dissertation.

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August 29, 2008
I hadn’t seen the movie and I hadn’t read the book, but I’d seen the preview and the poster: “The Only Thing More Surprising than the Chance She's Taking ... Is Where It's Taking Her.” That one’s for me, I thought, of all the slogans in all the movie ads in all the world, that one’s for me.
August 28, 2008
Forbes portrays its new college rankings as an outcomes-oriented alternative to U.S. News. But the outcomes it chooses -- including Ratemyprofessors.com -- make it seem like a parody, Patricia McGuire writes.
August 28, 2008
Many in the academic community despise college rankings and the implicit associated “grading” of universities. This is terribly ironic since universities depend on metrics such as SAT scores, high school grades, GRE tests and the like to assess the competency of students for admission. Likewise, they use student grades, faculty teaching evaluations and endowment growth figures as metrics to compare students, faculty and institutions with one another.
August 27, 2008
The conflict between Russia and Georgia was a turning point of some kind. Scott McLemee wonders what's the big idea....
August 26, 2008
As David Horowitz would be quick to remind you, academics tend to skew to the left in their political outlook relative to the general population. I am no exception. Like so many of my colleagues, I have followed Barack Obama’s presidential campaign with interest and excitement. South Carolina had an early primary this year, and nearly all of the major candidates came to speak at Clemson University, where I teach.

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