On the Newsstand:The Academy

/ March 1, 2012 5:00 am

Tea’d Off

Andrew Breitbart's May 2010 defense of the Tea Party in an exclusive interview with the HPR.

/ May 29, 2010 4:10 pm

The Quants Revisited

I reviewed Scott Patterson’s book The Quants for our summer issue, and I’d like to expand upon my conclusion.  I wrote: The professors are the new barons of Wall Street, and they appear poised to accrue even more power. They are like “civil engineers … after a bridge collapse,” Patterson writes: they’re to blame, but they’re also needed for the ... Read More

/ April 1, 2010 11:55 am

An Embarrassment to Harvard Conservatives

In case you aren’t sick of the subject, I have written a full-length take-down of the recent Harvard Salient article on Ethnic Studies. It originally appeared in today’s Harvard Independent. Check out my HPR blog post from last week if you want the pithier, more sarcastic version. An Embarrassment to Harvard Conservatives Harvard conservatives, those Aristotle-citing, modernity-bemoaning, Western canon-promoting Young ... Read More

/ March 2, 2010 11:17 am

Lack of Diversity in Harvard Faculty

Yesterday, President Drew Faust sent out another one of her overly lengthy and strangely timed emails to the Harvard community, this one ironically entitled, “Diversity and Excellence at Harvard”. She sums up the sad history of faculty diversity at Harvard in 900 words, presenting the following dismal statistics: Approximately 17 percent of Harvard’s ladder faculty are minorities, an all-time high, ... Read More

/ February 25, 2010 11:28 pm

John Dewey and Modern Economics

The New Republic has reprinted a wonderful Depression-era essay by John Dewey about the collapse of what he calls the “romanticism of business”: But it was just at this point that the new romanticism of business so cleverly came in. Human imagination had never before conceived anything so fantastic as the idea that every individual is actuated in all his desires ... Read More

/ February 22, 2010 6:36 am

Harvard’s Supposed Crisis of Faith

Newsweek’s Lisa Miller spills a lot of ink and raises a lot of dust in her article on “Harvard’s Crisis of Faith.” But her conclusion is small-bore and uncontroversial. Of course Harvard and all other colleges should offer and even require some exposure to religion and its attendant issues and debates. I have seen no evidence that Harvard thinks otherwise. ... Read More

/ February 12, 2010 12:25 am

Harvard Thinks Big

Harvard Thinks Big was billed as an “important” event. Its Facebook page was ebullient. Expectations were high. “A dream team of 10 Harvard professors will each talk for 10 minutes about the 1 thing they’re most passionate about…Inspired by TED Talks (Ted.com) and motivated by what makes Harvard great — amazing professors, cutting-edge research, and breakthrough ideas…” But somehow this doesn’t go far enough. As ... Read More

/ February 9, 2010 5:06 pm

Weighing in: The Asian Ceiling

Check out Jon Yip’s post, “The Asian Ceiling” for a review of a Kara Miller’s Boston Globe editorial about Asian discrimination in the college admission process. Asians are the new Jews, Miller explains: In a country built on individual liberty and promise, that feels deeply unfair. If a teenager spends much time studying, excels at an instrument or sport, and ... Read More

/ February 3, 2010 7:52 pm

Crowdsourcing, Science, and Politics

In a recent email to the university, President Faust invited the Harvard Community to participate in the “Harvard Catalyst & InnoCentive Prize for Innovation.” This experiment in crowdsourcing seeks to bring the Harvard community together to propose new questions and suggest new answers related to Type 1 diabetes. As the website states: “This challenge is an exercise in tapping the ... Read More

/ February 1, 2010 8:18 pm

The Sociology of Mankiw

The notion that economics can explain everything about everything (re: Freakonomics) is something that I’ve always regarded as silly and kinda gross. The basic economic model — the super-rational individual relentlessly seeking out his own material self-interest — is almost embarrassingly inadequate. If you want to deal with something like the Global Financial Crisis then, yes, you do have to ... Read More

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