Academic Questions

Winter 2020

Volume 33 Issue 4

December 30, 2020

The Deconstruction of the Nation State

Glynn Custred

Globalists and Marxists alike dream of a borderless world in which the sovereign nation-state is subordinate to a global ruling class. Both movements recognize that reframing history in a way that fac......

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December 14, 2020

Economic Nationalism, Immigration, and Higher Education

Pedro Gonzalez

Higher education’s participation in a variety of immigrant visa programs puts the pecuniary interests of colleges and universities squarely at odds with the interests of their graduates.

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December 14, 2020

Beyond Creed: American National Culture

Darren Staloff

The American creed laid out in the Declaration of Independence takes on meaning only in the context of historical events.

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December 14, 2020

Nationalism, Culture, and Higher Education

James R. Stoner, Jr.

If Allan Bloom was right that the mind of the American college student is formed, not by a national literature, but by the Declaration of Independence and the Bible, what must higher education do with......

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December 14, 2020

Creating a Middle School American History Program

Wight Martindale Jr.

How does one teach American history to middle-schoolers at a time when large numbers of educators seek to discredit and replace our national understanding?

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December 14, 2020

Nation-Building and Curriculum Innovation in Israel

Suzanne Last Stone

Seven years ago Shalem College in Israel was formed by American expatriates from Princeton University to claim for itself the goal of America’s best colleges of yore: “the preparation of l......

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December 30, 2020

The Lamentable Politicization of Art

Michelle Marder Kamhi

The widely accepted notion that “all art is political” is false. Plenty of visual art—landscapes, portraiture, still life—is unrelated to any social context. Moreover, much of......

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December 30, 2020

Why Scholars Won’t Research Group Differences

Mark Mercer

A significant number of academics researching or writing about group differences have received censure and punishment for doing so, putting a freeze on this and a number of important and related field......

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December 30, 2020

What’s Really Wrong with America?

John Staddon

The “antiracism” onslaught the U.S. is experiencing is a result of a nation that cannot accept that all attributes are not evenly distributed across human groups.

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December 30, 2020

Can Academia and the Media Handle the Truth?

Robert Maranto and Martha Bradley-Dorsey

Americans of all political bents have lost faith in our "gatekeepers." Academia and the elite media can no longer be trusted to play it straight on politically charged subjects, not the least......

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December 14, 2020

Eva Brann’s Dialogue

Elizabeth C'de Baca Eastman

One of the great liberal educators of our time and a National Humanities Medal recipient, Eva Brann is a tireless scholar and mentor whose work “stands out because it draws on the foundation tha......

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December 14, 2020

Restoration of Academic Identity: On Truth and Responsibility

Micah Sadigh

Preparing the mind for meaningful discovery—precisely what liberal education is charged with doing—has been superseded in colleges and universities by the values of “management.̶......

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December 14, 2020

John Leo: Principle and Prescience

Maureen Mullarkey

Through his innumerable articles and several books over the past half century, social critic and columnist John Leo has maintained a fierce commitment to “getting the truth out” and firing......

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December 14, 2020

Irving Howe: A Leftism of Reason

Fred Siegel

A central figure in that group known colloquially as the “New York intellectuals” and the founding editor of Dissent, Irving Howe stubbornly maintained his commitment to Enlightenment valu......

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December 30, 2020

Entertaining is Easy, Educating is Harder

James V. Shuls

We should not confuse entertainment with education. Education requires effort, and the tools required to obtain it do not invariably correspond to that which is relaxing or fun.

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December 14, 2020

A Conservatism That Makes No Sense

Daniel Asia

A review of The Conservative Sensibility by George Will.

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December 14, 2020

Vivian Gornick’s Elegy for the Novel?

Karen Swallow Prior

A review of Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader, Vivian Gornick, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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December 14, 2020

Three Poems

Catharine Savage Brosman

A collection of three poems: "Heart," "Aglaonema," and "A Call from Porlock."

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