Popular Culture

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The Oscars, Oppression, and Our Mal-educated Citizenry

Mar 05, 2018 by Keli Carender |

The Oscars are yet another example of how American civics education has been corrupted.

Oh No Pomo: Further Proof of the Rejection of Postmodernism

Oct 09, 2014 by Carol Iannone |

Literature lovers are pushing back against indiscriminate veneration of the avant garde. 

High Art Deserves a High Place in Higher Education

Apr 28, 2014 by Peter Wood |

Will the fine arts ever feel like native inhabitants of the university, or will they always be little guests?

NAS vs. Nas

Feb 20, 2014 by Peter Wood |

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) is sometimes confused with the hip hop artist and actor, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, widely known as Nas. The mistake is understandable.  Here’s how to tell the difference.

Test Your Knowledge: Christmas Pop Culture

Dec 13, 2013 by Glenn Ricketts |

From 34th Street to Charlie Brown to the Grinch, Christmas has had enormous influence on popular culture. 

Teacher Movie Mythology and Won’t Back Down

Jan 15, 2013 by Peter Cohee |

While most movies about teachers seem mythical, the recent movie Won't Back Down is a different type of teacher movie.

The Youth Vote

Nov 08, 2012 by Jason Fertig |

We know why faculty lean left.  But why do students?

Mumford and Sons: God, Literature, and Rock and Roll

Sep 10, 2012 by David Clemens |

A deeper look at the lyrics of popular band Mumford and Sons reveals influences of Steinbeck and explorations of the 21st century male experience and his spiritual yearnings.

Duke Cheston Reviews Sex and God at Yale

Aug 29, 2012 by George Leef |

Reviewer Duke Cheston finds the new book Sex and God at Yale effective in exposing the degradation of Yale.

No, This Isn’t “The Onion”

Dec 22, 2011 by George Leef |

Inside Higher Ed today has a story about a new book by a professor on hip-hop culture in college. In the interview, the author says, ”Hip-hop collegians are college students who create hip-hop and apply its sensibilities…

Lady Gaga Makes It to Harvard

Nov 21, 2011 by Charlotte Allen |

Charlotte Allen ponders the curious fascination academics seem to have with a popular singer. Perhaps it's connected to post-modernist theory?

When Adolescent Culture Goes to College

Nov 14, 2011 by Jonathan Imber |

Sociologist Jonathan Imber analyzes the common threads running through recent student protest behavior.

“Popular Culture and the Academy” AQ Issue in Print

Dec 29, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

The winter issue of Academic Questions looks at the ways pop culture affects higher education today.

Culture and the NY Times

Dec 08, 2010 by Daniel Asia |

I am aware that I am getting older, and therefore have less patience. But is it really that important where I or you were when John Lennon died? Thirty years after his untimely death this still seems to be an important question…

The Canonical Alfred Hitchcock

Nov 16, 2010 by Michael Lewis |

A case for why Alfred Hitchcock and his films deserve to be studied in college classrooms, this article appeared in the "Popular Culture and the Academy" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 23, no. 4).

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