1983 Thinks Big

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...
Thirtieth College Reunion

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...
Literary Wandering

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...
Letter to The New York Times

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...
Less Confused

Less Confused

I’m a little less confused than I’ve been. In my post “Disagreeing with the Vote of No Confidence,” I was struck by the number 682 — the number of voters eligible to participate in last week’s FAS vote of no confidence in President...
More Insights from Inside Higher Ed

More Insights from Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed published a piece about last week’s vote of no confidence this morning. The piece’s title, “‘No Confidence’ in the System,” captures its overall approach, which shifts attention away from the focus (and the ad...