Johann N. Neem

About

Johann N. Neem is a senior fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and professor of history at Western Washington University. He is author of What’s the Point of College? Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform and Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America.

The Strange Afterlife of William McGuffey and His Readers

from Identities—What Are They Good For?, Volume 20, Number 2

Whether revering or rejecting his work, McGuffey’s fans and detractors both manage to miss the point of his original project.

The Universe in a Grain of Sand?

from The Cosmopolitan Predicament, Volume 11, Number 3

Those committed to human rights at the global level should seek not to universalize the particular but rather to particularize the universal.

On Critical Thinking

We can only think critically about things about which we have knowledge.

What’s Behind Trump’s Wall?

Do Trump’s supporters represent a new Know-Nothing movement?

College Degrees or College Education?

We do not know how to evaluate what makes up a good college education.

The Daily Show in the Age of Irony

Jon Stewart and the age of irony.

What We're Reading This Summer

Summer reads from THR staff and friends.