More Than a Historical Accident

Chad Wellmon

Whatever their differences, these accounts of a university in crisis shine a bright light on the system that manages the relationship of the university to the broader culture.

Watching and Worrying

Jeffrey S. Dill

The author’s interpretive framework truncates the narrative by forcing her to see thick cultural issues only through the lens of social class.

Holding Them Closer

Carl Desportes Bowman

The successful formation and launching of children still matters; it is just that parents don’t want to launch them very far.

The Cultural Contours of Parenthood

Stephanie Muravchik

Given that most Americans now assume that children are priceless and fragile, it is no surprise that many have striven to remove all risks they might face.

The Strange Afterlife of William McGuffey and His Readers

Johann N. Neem

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

The Corporate Professor

Jennifer L. Geddes

Exploring the bureaucratization of the life of the mind.

The Auden Course

Wilfred M. McClay

Who could survive such a feast, let alone digest it?

Liberatory Education

Leslie W. Lewis

Education in the service of reparation can heal and make whole both individual persons and all of us.

The Graduate

Leann Davis Alspaugh

How do you assess rehabilitation?

Schooling in the Age of Human Capital

Daniel Markovits

Metrics do not and, in fact, cannot measure any intelligible conception of excellence at all

Technosolutionism Isn’t the Fix

Christine Rosen

We shouldn’t assume that the measures we take to combat the coronavirus today are temporary.

College Degrees or College Education?

Johann N. Neem

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

What Attica Prisoners Want Harvard Law Students to Know

John J. Lennon

Ignorance is ugly, particularly in prison. It’s loud and obnoxious and violent. It tumbles into my cell right now as I write this. But for some, education can quell that.

Pruning the Mind During a Crisis

Margarita Mooney

Why should anyone focus on the life of the mind when individual and societal survival is threatened?