Grading Andrew Ross Sorkin

Author: Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin) Article: "N.Y.U. Crisis in Abu Dhabi Stretches to Wall Street," May 26, 2014 10:14 pm Grade: C College professors teach their students that written arguments must be based on cited evidence. Depending on the field, that...

Not Just Another Commencement

Deb and I have written a reflection on Sunday's inaugural NYUAD Commencement. It'll be published in the "Opinion" section of tomorrow's National, but the online version is already available here. Also available is the full video of the Commencement ceremony: Yours...

Ma’asalama Class of 2014

I had the honor of serving in the "color guard" during the inaugural NYU Abu Dhabi commencement today, which meant that I got to carry the NYU NY flag at the head of the procession of graduating seniors as they entered the hall. (The other flags represented the US,...

Rereading a Thirty-Year-Old Letter

I've never been very good at keeping journals. I'd always start well, but then I wouldn't keep it up, and I would leave blank pages to fill in later, and sometimes I would, and sometimes I wouldn't and ... let's just say that I've noted some pages in the third journal...

Around the World, Thirty Years Ago

Thirty years ago today, I embarked a trip around the world. My parents had given me the plane ticket as a present after my college graduation, and I had saved money for expenses out of prize money awarded to my senior thesis on Finnegans Wake and from six months of...

Cosmopolitanism and the Liberal Arts

Cosmopolitanism and the Liberal Arts 2 OCTOBER 2013 Cosmopolitanism NYU Abu Dhabi Scholarship and Teaching It was great fun speaking on this subject last Friday at Harvard. Thanks to everyone who came to me over the next couple of days to talk further about...

1983 Thinks Big

The panel on which I spoke yesterday was called "1983 Thinks Big: 5 for 10." Here's how it was billed: "Modeled on Harvard Thinks Big and Ted Talks, five classmates who are professors in various fields and at various universities each give a 10-minute talk on their...

Thirtieth College Reunion

I'm on my way to my thirtieth college reunion in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My, oh my, how time flies! This trip marks the furthest I've had to travel for a reunion, but this time I'll be part of the program. I'm giving a brief TED-style talk tomorrow, as part of a...

Literary Wandering

My review of Philip Hoare's latest book, The Sea Inside, appeared recently in The National, Abu Dhabi's English-language newspaper. It bore the headline "Deep connections: Philip Hoare's seminal encounter with a blue whale," and you can find it here. The book is a...

Sexton and Me

On the basis of some of the things that I've written here and elsewhere, I've been accused of being a Sexton "loyalist." Those who make that accusation don't know me very well. In particular, they fail to see just how a great a test of my cosmopolitan principles it is...

Letter to The New York Times

The New York Times has published a brief letter that I wrote in response to an op-ed piece entitled "The War in Washington Square" by my NYU colleague Jeff Goodwin, who is a professor of sociology. Here's the text of my letter as they published it: I have been working...