Some wager that the end is not inevitable: that universities can reassert their centrality to the American liberal democratic project.
An educated public grew out of freedom, W. E. B. Du Bois claimed. And education was also freedom’s surest protector.
Landlords’, bosses’ and schools’ intrusion of surveillance technologies into the home extends the carceral state into domestic space.
“We teach science as separate from the rest of the world. I want people who live in the world to see how they’re actually doing science.”
Does leaving the academy mean someone failed? Or does it mean, instead, that their scholarly strengths can now be made useful to the public?
What should schools teach about the Constitution? And should they teach feelings, aspiration, or fact?
A resource for reading about, teaching, and discussing the novel as an artistic and cultural form.
What does “merit” mean in a context—like India—where caste pervades public life?
A resource for teaching and discussing the internet, including a reading list, podcast, and discussion questions.
"A song was written through me, and I say that because I didn't write it. The words were given to me."
Disease has never been merely a biological phenomenon. Instead, all illnesses—including COVID-19—are social problems for humans to solve.
Are our phones the bane of critical thought? Or might they be our latest texts to read and interpret—objects worthy of inquiry and analysis?
Even though most professors are forced to value research over teaching, many are excellent teachers. It’s time to honor that skill.
Professors are in a class struggle, a real fight that cannot be won with critique alone.
During the summer of 2019, funding for the University of Alaska was slashed by the state legislature. With 41 percent of the annual budget, or $130 million ...
What does it take to get to college graduation? The question becomes more urgent as college tuitions rise and education debt accumulates, even though baccalaureate completion remains a baseline ...
The first sentence Tara Westover writes in her engrossing memoir Educated is a disclaimer: “This story is not about Mormonism.” This is true in the same ...
On May 9, 1933, the day before the Nazis burned her book as part of their action ...
Everyone loves to hate school. Jean-Jacques Rousseau certainly did. In Émile (1762), his treatise on the nature of education, he declared vociferously that he “hate[d] books” and that reading was the “curse of childhood.” The irony ...
Perhaps more fragile and contested than ever before, the university today feels ...