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Highlights from NAS’s 2009 Fall Semester

Dec 31, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

As we head into the New Year, we look back on 30 of our most memorable articles this fall semester.

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Che Lives?

Dec 29, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

An NAS article on a Marxist journal for educators seems to have secured the attention of some of the last remaining Marxists on earth.

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Seventh Generation Sustainability - A New Myth?

Dec 28, 2009 by Peter Wood

One of the favorite metaphors of the sustainability movement is a phrase from the Iroquois Great Law. Or is it?

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Virginia Tech Reasserts ‘Diversity’ Folly: Part 2

Dec 22, 2009 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood

NAS fisks Virginia Tech's new Strategic Diversity Plan, which fills the sandbags of advocacy against the rising tide of common sense.

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Virginia Tech Reasserts ‘Diversity’ Folly: Part 1

Dec 18, 2009 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood

Virginia Tech is campaigning to impose a comprehensive regime focused on “diversity" - an ossified doctrine of antipathy towards the American social order.

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Hetero Huh?

Dec 16, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

What is 'heteronormativity' anyway?

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The Philomath Speaks: An Interview with Anu Garg

Dec 15, 2009 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood

"Words are like air — they are all around us even though we can't see them, and they are just as essential," says Anu Garg, creator of Wordsmith.org.

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Guided by a Red Star: Ed Schools Bring Frankincense to the Cradle of Marxism

Dec 15, 2009 by Ashley Thorne

A journal of Marxism and critical pedagogy erodes the distinction between classrooms and class struggle.

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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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