In GOD ON THE QUAD, Riley takes readers to the halls of Brigham Young, where surprisingly with-it young Mormons compete in a raucous marriage market and prepare for careers in public service.
- The limitations of Obama’s “Brother’s Keeper” program March 3, 2014Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the president’s new program “My Brother’s Keeper” is that there’s not much in the way of public funding supporting it.… MORE >>
- Fraternity rows February 24, 2014This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last that I recommend a piece by Atlantic… MORE >> contributor Caitlin Flanagan.
- Fewer children, smaller team of support February 17, 2014As America’s fertility rate continues to fall, our cultural elite continues to cheer.… MORE >>
- Creativity over content February 10, 2014The more higher education tries to reinvent itself the more useless it becomes.… MORE >>
- The college tuition bubble February 3, 2014If you want to understand the way college tuition is structured these days, you could do worse than to read the interview with Drew Faust, the president of Harvard University, in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal… MORE >>.
- Black Studies, Part 2: A Response to Critics May 3, 2012I was never a big fan of the feminist mantra that the “personal is political.” But the corollary–that any political remark must be taken personally–seems in many ways even worse. My last blog post has earned me even more opprobrium than usual among the Brainstorm commenters, and it seems that they have decided to take as a personal attack something that is […]
- The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations. May 1, 2012NB: To see Chronicle editors’ final response to the below post, please read “A Note to Readers.” You’ll have to forgive the lateness but I just got around to reading The Chronicle’s recent piece on the young guns of black studies. If ever there were a case for eliminating the discipline, the sidebar explaining some of the dissertations being offered by the b […]
- More Depressing News About College Debt April 24, 2012Of all the news about the ballooning college debt in this country–now said to top a trillion dollars–none has depressed me more than this piece in last week’s Wall Street Journal. It’s perhaps not surprising but all of that debt is influencing other life decisions young adults are making. Sure, we joke about how 20-somethings move back to Mom and Dad’s basem […]
- What Harvard Students Don’t Know About Sex April 17, 2012I see the New York Times has a report out on the first Sex Week at Harvard. Apparently a decade behind Yale on this one, Harvard students decided it was time to explore their friskier sides. (At least they wanted to do so more formally. When I was a student, my house just had an annual party at which pieces of chocolate shaped like genitals were handed out. […]
- Any Progress Since Port Huron? April 11, 2012In honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Port Huron Statement on student activism, NYU will be hosting a conference this week about the history and continued relevance of the document. The student-activist movement on campus has certainly turned college life upside down in the past 50 years. It has been responsible in no small part for the elim […]