Category Archives: academia

the Oberlin cultural appropriation controversy, revisited

Facebook17 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 18(Washington, DC) In 2016, I began a blog post: The Oberlin College Cultural Appropriation Controversy is almost certainly getting more attention than it deserves because it reinforces critiques of political correctness in higher education. Nevertheless, it provides an interesting … Continue reading

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community engagement and student success in college

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10You can now get the recording and associated slides for the AAC&U webinar entitled “The Confounding Promise of Community: Why It Matters More Than Ever for Student Success.” I was a bit of an outlier because I … Continue reading

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we should be debating the big social and political paradigms

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15[The following post is inspired by Rogers Smith’s recent APSA presidential address, and I believe is consistent with it, but I incorporate some additional elements.] Consider a sample of articles about politics, or society more generally. One … Continue reading

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AAC&U Webinar: Sept 19 2019

Facebook8 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 9“The Confounding Promise of Community: Why It Matters More Than Ever for Student Success,” September 19, 2019; Online, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) In this webinar, I’ll be discussing my recent article in Liberal Education entitled, “Another Time for … Continue reading

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conservative engaged scholarship

Facebook30 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 31For the sake of argument, let’s define “engaged scholarship” as … The organized production of knowledge by groups that include some professional academic researchers and some people who are not academics and belong to the communities, populations, … Continue reading

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What is the appropriate role for higher education at a time of social activism?

Facebook12 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 13(Posted in Madrid) In the current issue (and available free online) is my article entitled, “Another Time for Freedom? Lessons from the Civil Rights Era for Today’s Campuses,” Liberal Education, Winter 2019, Vol. 105, No. 1. This is the first … Continue reading

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college and mobility

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15Xiang Zhou has published “Equalization or Selection? Reassessing the ‘Meritocratic Power’ of a College Degree in Intergenerational Income Mobility” in the American Sociological Review–also available here. Like all multivariate statistical models, it’s subject to criticism and should … Continue reading

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the Historovox

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10Corey Robin’s essay, “Why Has It Taken Us So Long to See Trump’s Weakness?,” is mainly interesting as an argument about trends in reporting. Robin criticizes a new genre of journalism that forgoes the pedestrian task of … Continue reading

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what the humanities contribute to interdisciplinary research projects

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7Cases for Culture is an initiative that explores “a Hybrid Genre of Scholarship between STEM and the Humanities.” One of the cases on its website is an interdisciplinary study that I am part of. We are investigating the … Continue reading

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Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy

Facebook35 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 35I’m on vacation and not blogging, but I’m proud to help circulate a major new report from our Institute for Democracy & Higher Education entitled Election Imperatives. It recommends 10 strategies that colleges and universities should implement to … Continue reading

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