Academic Questions

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Summer 2016 Academic Questions: Infringements

Jun 27, 2016 by NAS |

The new issue of Academic Questions features essays depicting intrusions on free inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom to teach, and freedom to learn.

Snowflake Jacobins: Black Rage on Campus

Jun 20, 2016 by Russell K. Nieli |

Russell Nieli, in the summer 2016 issue of Academic Questions, gives six factors that might help explain the anger of many black students on campus.

The Wisconsin Fight for Academic Freedom

Jun 16, 2016 by Donald Downs, Stanley G. Payne |

The story of a handful of professors at the University of Wisconson who fought the long battle against speech codes and petitioned administrators to uphold due process. 

Affirmative Action at the University of Louisville: A Case Study

Mar 24, 2016 by Ben Foster |

An examination of the application of seldom-scrutinized affirmative action policies in one university.

Spring 2016 Academic Questions: FOIA - Friend and Foe

Mar 23, 2016 by NAS |

The new issue of Academic Questions includes four opinions on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and an essay on Justice Roger Taney's Dred Scott decision.

The University vs. Academic Freedom

Mar 22, 2016 by David R. Legates |

The university must recognize that it cannot choose what speech to defend.

Winter 2015 Academic Questions: Deneen Disputed and Rothman Remembered

Dec 18, 2015 by NAS |

The new issue of Academic Questions includes responses to Patrick J. Deneen's essay “After the Interregnum,” and a festschrift for Stanley Rothman.

Disputing Deneen: A Misremembered Past

Dec 17, 2015 by Matthew J. Franck |

Matthew J. Franck  revises Patrick Deneen's history of American higher education, to note that a age of traditional learning in a secular mode never really existed.

Scholar and Academic Citizen

Dec 16, 2015 by Steve Balch |

Founding NAS President Stephen H. Balch writes an appreciation of Stanley Rothman's career and life as a doughty battler against the modern deformation of the academy.

Fall 2015 Academic Questions: “Verdicts”

Oct 14, 2015 by NAS |

The new issue of Academic Questions offers judgments on scholars’ contributions to academia.

Democracy and Sin: Doing Justice to Reinhold Niebuhr

Oct 14, 2015 by Joseph E. Hartman |

Joseph E. Hartman summarizes and analyzes the theology and political philosophy of Reinhold Niebuhr.

Camille Paglia’s Ambiguous Critical Legacy

Oct 13, 2015 by Stephen Eide |

Steven Eide discusses the influence of Camille Paglia on modern theory and criticism.

Faculty Tenure: Improve It, Don’t Remove It

Aug 18, 2015 by W. Lee Hansen |

W. Lee Hansen argues that revisions to faculty tenure must be objective and preserve academic freedom. 

Summer 2015 Academic Questions: “Common Readings, Uncommon Conversations”

Jun 17, 2015 by NAS |

The new issue of Academic Questions takes on questions about common readings, "translingualism," and more. 

The Liberal Arts as Conversation

Jun 04, 2015 by Jack Kerwick |

Philosophy professor Jack Kerwick writes that the purpose of education is not traditionalism, careerism, or activism, but what he calls "conversationalism."

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