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.
- Stay-at-home dads: There for the kids, not the housekeeping December 9, 2013In the latest non-trend trend story, the New York Times reports that an increasing number of men are staying at home so that their wives can have high-powered careers on Wall Street.… MORE >>
- A new frontier: The graduate students’ union December 2, 2013Well, it looks like there’s no going back. New York University has decided to recognize its graduate students’ union.… MORE >>
- A lulu of an idea: When empowerment is not empowering November 26, 2013Whatever the successes of feminism, it does not seem to have made women happy about the dating scene.… MORE >>
- The liberal obsession with race November 18, 2013The reaction to Richard Cohen’s now infamous column in the Washington Post… MORE >> last week was baffling on so many levels.
- Philanthropist puts his mouth where his money is November 11, 2013Peter Lynch, who successfully ran Fidelity’s Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990, gives the New York Times a peek into his philanthropic philosophy.… 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 […]