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April 24, 2015
In honor of National Poetry Month, Carolyn Foster Segal recounts a reading to which precious few verse lovers flocked.
April 24, 2015
As proposals fly to "fix" higher education's system of quality control, Bernard Fryshman explains its virtues and urges caution in abandoning it.

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November 22, 2006
The guy featured on the poster had a long white beard and dark black sunglasses, the kind worn by people too cool for any room they might ever enter. At first it looked like he might be the guitar player for ZZ Top. But on closer examination you saw that the event being advertised was not a rock concert but, rather, a "transdisciplinary celebration" called "Why Melville Matters Now.” The man behind those shades was the creator of tortured souls like Ishmael and Bartleby.
November 22, 2006
Wick Sloane, already a nominee for the Harvard job, explains what he'd do if tapped for the still open position at one of America's great public universities.
November 21, 2006
"I wasn't anybody's superior."             --Amélie, in Fear and Trembling One way to characterize work in higher education: It has no bosses. The boss-ridden business world that strikes such glacial terror in the recent movie, The Devil Wears Prada or such giggly absurdity in the current television series, "The Office," is not our world. Miranda Priestly as a dean? No department chair (or provost) would tolerate her. Michael Scott as a department chair? The faculty would just watch him implode.
November 20, 2006
Michigan's abolition of affirmative action doesn't end colleges' responsibility to promote diversity; it only changes the tactics, writes Russell Olwell.
November 17, 2006
As colleges watch graduates pour into the teachers' corps, they should work to support the program and the participants, Daniel R. Porterfield writes.

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