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Changing the Norms: Sustainability at Penn State

Dec 14, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

Advocacy - insisting on a certain point of view and suppressing those who dissent - seems to have been the motive behind Michael Mann’s troubling emails. Will Penn State, so nurtured in sustainability, give him a fair investigation?

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Exposed! NAS’s Secret Membership Drive

Dec 11, 2009 by Peter Wood

Time to get the word out about opening our membership "to those who are not in the academic world but care about the future of higher education."

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Supreme Court to Decide Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

Dec 08, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

The case aims to settle a longstanding controversy: whether a religious student group, recognized or funded by a public university, has the right to specify that its members must share the group’s religious beliefs.

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Squeezing the Grapefruit

Dec 07, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

NAS president Peter Wood’s book review of Stylized: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, is linked on Arts and Letters Daily.

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Do Atheists Need Chaplains Too?

Dec 03, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

A humanist student group called the Tufts Freethought Society asks for a spiritual guide.

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Cary Nelson: Stealth Conservative?

Dec 03, 2009 by Peter Wood

Three comments responding to his article "The AAUP: A View From the Top."

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Signing on to FEAR

Dec 02, 2009 by Peter Wood

NAS endorses the AAUP statement "Free Expression at Risk, at Yale and Elsewhere."

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Top 10 Books for College Students…No Comment

Dec 01, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

Popular campus reads today include Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

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Fish Tales: Teaching Stanley How to Read

Dec 01, 2009 by Peter Wood

Stanley Fish misrepresents Peter Wood on "intellectual diversity."

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Diversi-Oaths: Creedal Admissions in the American University

Nov 30, 2009 by Glenn Ricketts, Peter Wood

"Diversity" essays in college applications teach students how to bow to an anti-intellectual idol. At Berkeley, the bow is becoming for would-be grad students a full-scale grovel.

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The APA Discriminates

Nov 24, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

The APA intended to end one form of discrimination, but they have begun another.

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National Security Threatened by Devotion to Diversity

Nov 24, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

We know the diversity doctrine harms the quality of higher education, but did you know that it threatens our national security?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2009 by Peter Wood

A New Jersey school teacher says there is "no conclusive evidence that the first Thanksgiving happened."

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New AQ: Academic Revisionisms

Nov 24, 2009 by Peter Wood

The best issue ever of Academic Questions (vol. 22, no. 4) is hot off the press and in the mail to our members. The National Association of Scholars is revising itself too. Now is the moment to join us.

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California Tuition Turmoil

Nov 23, 2009 by Peter Wood

Protesters at the University of California have some demands that reflect ignorance of basic economics.

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