Universities have disinvested from their presses just as much as their humanities departments and libraries. Will working together stop it?
Changing myself and my classroom might help me renew my one-year contract, but it cannot prepare me to demand an alternative.
It is powerful and affirming to consider the unique qualities that queerness brings to leadership.
“I’m very skeptical about the ability of people in positions of power and privilege—including intellectuals—to name truths about the world.”
Faculty and students can—and must—govern their own institutions, so that universities maintain their vital power.
When did we all become so empowered, passionate, and self-enterprising?
Capital violently forces dispossessed people into markets, workplaces, and prisons. But such forced meetings could end capitalism itself.
"Maybe that’s one thing the pandemic has allowed—for us to be a bit more honest about our struggles."
The world’s humanists might just be the new MVPs in the struggle for the future of critical thinking.
In this special mega edition of Shoptalk, guess which performative utterance was said at which conference.
For at least 150 years, Black and feminist educators understood that how one is taught effects how one participates in society.
If you want to support readers, the best hope will always be helping do away with economic compulsion and the division of labor.
“Who gets to decide what is valuable and necessary work for an academic today?”
“It’s not about the land underneath campuses. It’s land at a distance, that can be sold or managed to raise funds for endowments.”
“As a historian and educator of college students, my experience teaching on US imperialism is one of disappointment.”
“Individual Americans thought they were the only ones who could not afford to send their kids to college.”
“You fall short and then you wonder, 'what could I do differently next time that gets us a little bit closer?' I love that process.”
Some wager that the end is not inevitable: that universities can reassert their centrality to the American liberal democratic project.
Institutions separate complainers from one another and from their own support networks. But what if we complained as a collective?
A “regional” humanities abandons academia’s tepid globalism, and confronts local oppressions like prisons, schools, housing, and the police.