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June 29, 2017
In the end, argues Christopher Leise, the questions should not have turned to “Who is right here?” but rather, “Who is white here?”
June 28, 2017
Scott McLemee interviews Ceri Dingle, the director of an ambitious documentary on the West Indian political theorist and scholar C. L. R. James about how Dingle, 200 volunteers and others brought such a daunting project to fruition.

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June 28, 2017
Looking for campus IT leadership clues on an unhurried train trip.
June 28, 2017
A new community college.

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September 16, 2009
Jim Carroll and Paul Ricoeur looked death in the face and wrote about it. Scott McLemee reads the fragments....
September 15, 2009
It’s not easy to find a country in the Middle East whose universities honor academic freedom as we know it in most Western countries. Syria is a police state, comparable in some ways to North Korea or Myanmar. Iran has substantially become one. Egypt’s security police maintain a chilling presence on campus. The one country that maintains academic freedom is Israel, though of course not in the occupied territories. The comparative climate for intellectual debate in the region is too often ignored or slighted in discussions promoted by the various boycott movements.
September 15, 2009
A trip to the movie theater and an offhanded comment from an employee prompt Karen Gross to reflect on the similarities between cooking and presiding over a college.
September 14, 2009
In Part 2 of his essay, Robert Zemsky lays out the three big goals of serious higher ed reform: proving that students learn, bolstering pre-college preparation, and fixing financial dysfunction.
September 11, 2009
A few hours ago, Wick Sloane taught his first section of an 11:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. course. He’s inspired by his students and community college – and mad as hell that no one seems to care about the nationwide conditions that make it impossible for so many students to find sections at the hours they need.

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