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Are you there, God? It's us, the Templeton Foundation By Lawrence Osborne
The Templeton Foundation invests millions so scientists might prove that faith works. But their answers aren't what Sir John Templeton wants to hear.

Ivory Tower: Diary of a teacher's last year By David Alford
Tenure made me soft. Then an aikido master taught me his moves.

Pimping a Ph.D. By Michael Erard
A new graduate program turns Chaucer scholars into money-grubbing entrepreneurs. (12/13/99)

Play "Misty" for me By David Alford
When a student turned her affections on me, I learned the values of professional boundaries.

Memories of an Aggie Bonfire boy By Dave Morris
Texas A&M;'s annual ritual, which killed 12 this year, is not just a football rally. It's a homoerotic rite of passage.

Technical Sutra By Alexander Salkever
That Silicon Valley is awash in Indian technical geniuses surprises no one who knows where they went to college.

Diary of a Teacher's Last Year By David Alford
Sexual pedagogy: All the rules in the world against romancing students can't explain away the elusive emotions of this vocational hazard.

Painting insanity black By Annie Murphy Paul
Why are there more black schizophrenics?

Bathtub revolutionary By Tom Bradley
An American creative writing teacher in China torches his students' work in the tub rather than hand it over to "the leaders." Was it piety, or the fantasy of a heroic reception back home?

School Days By Sophia Dembling
Ancient history: I enrolled in college at 41. I did not wear Tommy Hillfiger. Things unraveled.

Is voter ignorance killing democracy? By Christopher Shea
Some political scientists say it is; others maintain that a brain-dead populace does no damage to our hallowed political system.

Experimental lesson By David Alford
I've always tried to make my teaching like an art, but as I've grown more successful, have I become a hack?

On closer reading By Boris Kachka
At the fifth annual conference of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, the old guard looks for the the Young Turks to take up their bookish battle cry.

The secret life of war By Annie Murphy Paul
A historian exposes the unpredictably diverse feelings of ordinary soldiers, but fails to learn from their words.

Body Paranoia By David Alford
Ghostly heart attacks, cancers and other assorted ills have plagued me for the last 31 years. Could the cause be my beloved job?

What did I say? By Lillie Wade
Nothing's quite as humiliating as having a professor call you a Nazi for your views on interracial marriage.

The N-word By Chris Colin
Jefferson Community College teacher Ken Hardy wanted to teach a class on taboo words. He said one and lost his job.

Beyond facts By David Alford
Can one teach spirituality in college?

Hip-hop hooray By Simon Rodberg
Amid cell biologists and students of the Hungarian novel, I presented my senior thesis on rap.

The luau wars By Robert Ito
Dartmouth Greeks tried to improve their reputation with a non-offensive Hawaiian luau. The leis never even made it off the rack.

After the apocalypse By David Alford
Returning to the philosophy class that I had canceled, I wasn't sure who or what I would find.

Student bodies By Jon Bowen
When you donate your corpse to a university science department, where will you end up?

Welcome back, Lewis By Alex Salkever
"The New New Thing" author once said J-school ate his brain. Guess where he's teaching now.

Class dismissed! By David Alford
After another personal blow-up in philosophy, I took the only out: To shout like Jehovah and declare the end had come.

Militia U. By Kenneth Rapoza
Vermont's Norwich University continues to make Indonesians into soldiers, despite a suspension of military cooperation between the two countries.

Thriving on the edge of tolerance By Simon Rodberg
Events surrounding Yale's National Coming Out Day show that even in an enclave of gay acceptance, bigotry can survive quietly.

Application blues By Lucas Hanft
A high school senior tells admissions officers, "If you don't want stupid answers, don't ask stupid questions.

Striving to stay alive By Claire Barliant
With the disavowed Strivers program, the Educational Testing Service tried to rebuild a failing business and badly damaged product -- the SAT.

The migration of the chalk By David Alford
In a small town in Mexico, a teacher gave me the chalk and demanded a lesson in revolution.

The sacred profaned in Santa Fe By Lillie Wade
Seeking the intellectual rigor of Catholicism, she found instead a recorded voice in the confessional booth.

Crashing the top By Ann Douglas
Women at elite universities may have broken the ivory ceiling, but they're still battling old-fashioned discrimination.

"The Iliad" and other tales of war By David Alford
My momentous monologue turns to dust under the scrutiny of a well-prepared student.

Nerds with cards By Leah Hoffmann
Mensa is overhauling its brainiac image -- with a guide to gambling.

President of what? By Simon Rodberg
George W. Bush led the Delta Kappa Epsilon branding regime at my university. Now he wants to lead the free world.

Said who? By Chris Colin
In his new memoir, "Out of Place," Edward Said brings his exile into focus and finds a home between his past and his future.

The killer questions By David Alford
When the Socratic method gets out of hand, students can learn to think -- and to draw blood.

Check your head By Alex Salkever
Untreated concussions could be academic headaches for college football players.

The reeducation of a queer theorist By Maria Russo
Battling cancer, a nice male psychoanalyst and her own sexual demons, the diva of queer theory learned a new way of living.

Diary of a teacher's last year By David Alford
Artemio Cruz is just a character in a book. Gen. Obregon really happened! When his students find reality more compelling than fiction, this teacher, a former anarchist, finds it hard to play the authority card.

Capitalism and cosmos By Matt T. Stover
The new economy marches on, its front lines manned with recruits from the nation's top business schools -- elite training camps for the capitalist army.

Thicker than blood By Simon Rodberg
Why does college life teach students to lose the family to find the self?

Diary of a teacher's last year By David Alford
Sometimes we just have to stand aside and let our students become the teachers.

The call of the past By Jennifer Ouellette
The strange echo resembling a bird's call in the Mayan Temple of Kukulkan has two disparate academic fields collaborating. Will acoustical archaeology dig up the next batch of history?

One mean Renaissance man By Annie M. Paul
As Machiavelli becomes the poster prince for a new kind of power-hungry self-help genre, scholars are using the 16th century political philosopher as a litmus test for human behavior.

Machiavelli personality test By Richard Christie
Are you a cutthroat or a pussycat? Find out, if you dare.

The first day of the last year By David Alford
After poker, sex and forgetting, I face a room full of faces and suddenly remember.

Mightier than the sword By Carlene Bauer
True-crime writer James Tully puts Charlotte Brontë -- survivor of three prematurely passed sisters -- behind the trigger in his new book.

Shooting stars and drinking hemlock By David Alford
What makes sense after 31 years of teaching college?

Ivory Tower: Fear 101 By Elizabeth Bobrick
Seasonal teaching anxiety reduces the most experienced professors to raw nerves and nightmares.

Ivory Tower: Misadventures in Marxism By Lawrence Osborne
How can well-meaning American academics continue their romance with Karl Marx? European scholars can only guess.

Bone Wars By Juno Gregory
Are we not who we thought we were? A boy's 25,000-year-old remains call into question our very roots and kick up a nasty battle among scientists.

The devolving of evolution By Chris Colin
The University of Kansas contemplates a creationist future.

Smell what? By Jill Reyna
A former Smell This editor responds to accusations of reverse racism. Or at least foggy thinking.

Make black the night By Tanya Shaffer
Was planning a march against violence against women an inherently racist undertaking?

Extracurricular class By Simon Rodberg
A Yale student glimpses behind the ivy-covered myth that all students are equal.

Enabling disabled scholarship By Norah Vincent
A budding intellectual movement asks scholars to redefine normal. But who are these postmodern theories really helping?

Who owns the clones? By Alex Salkever
A scientist sues the University of Hawaii for the rights to his research.

My life ate my homework By Eric Umansky
Six years after that tremulous phone call, a guilt-ridden, longtime student confesses to his academic sins.

Quantum vibe By Douglas Merrill
At Potsdam's string theory conference, Einstein's heirs try to tie up an explanation for gravity.

Sweating the big stuff By Tara Zahra
For anti-sweatshop campus agitators, post-'60s activism is trickier than bra-burning.

Biofunk By Virginia Eubanks
Are we becoming post-human or simply more in love with machines?

When things fall apart By Hank Hyena
Last month's brutal massacre was just another crime by Nigeria's most feared criminal organizations, student cults. But just who these cultists are is a matter of some dispute.

Fire on the mountain By Alex Salkever
While astronomers celebrate the addition of another telescope to their prized star-gazing summit in Hawaii, environmentalists and natives mourn the loss of their beloved mountain.

Lights, camera, dissatisfaction By Kenneth Rapoza
Every year, undergrad film programs release wide-eyed film majors into an unfriendly Hollywood. Ithaca College wants its students ready for the shock.

Passing in reverse By Emily Wise Miller
She was down with the cause, but they didn't know she was a white girl.

Dancing lessons By Nicole Grasse
I was a college girl stripper, and while I'm glad I got out, it beat the hell out of working at Starbucks.

Who killed literature? By Jose Klein
An aging professor offers his last pleas to help his expiring vocation.

Young heroes in an ancient land By Carol Lloyd
Iranian student protesters differ from American ones in two ways: They're risking their lives, and their nation trusts them.

Endless summer school By Alex Salkever
At the University of Plymouth's new surf-science program, getting barreled is downright respectable.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of aliens By Jon Bowen
At an annual conference, UFO believers argue for acceptance from the academy.

No easy answers By Michael Scott Moore
Does the SAT predict anything meaningful about how students will do in college?

Leaving the stage By Sherryl Kleinman
One young professor dares to quit lecturing and listen to her students.

The ethics of baby-killing By Jason Zinoman
His protesters call him a Nazi, a hater and a snob, but the most interesting truth about Peter Singer is that there are many more like him.

Do what you want and the identity crisis will follow By Christine Kenneally
A graduate student finds that there are tougher dreams to pursue than scaling the walls of the ivory tower.

Promotional intelligence By Annie Paul
When the two scientists who invented the concept of emotional intelligence loaned the idea to New York Times science writer Daniel Goleman, they never dreamed it would become a cottage industry.

Beastly lectures By Douglas Cruickshank
For all its good intentions, J.M. Coetzee's new academic animal-rights novel won't save a single veal calf.

The garbage of higher education By Gillian Andrews
After all the college students have gone home, their material culture remains.

Bearly reading By Carlene Bauer
When a UC-Berkeley professor put the world's favorite Zen bear on her summer reading list, the Pooh hit the fan.

Fighting fear with fear By Chris Colin
In "The Culture of Fear," Barry Glassner says we scare too easily. But does he have to be so scary about it?

Professor Neurotoxicity By Jill Priluck
A renegade researcher believes the teenage killers of Columbine could have been driven to crime by environmental poisoning.

The making of Henry Louis Gates, CEO By Craig Offman
When a trio of scholars decided to partner with Microsoft to create a pan-African encyclopedia, was it a match made in progressive corporate heaven or the founding of an ivory-tower gulag?

An offending survey By Eugen Tarnow
When junior physicists decide who deserves to share authorship on their scientific papers, sometimes politics is more important than work.

Last exit for education By Peter Bebergal
A prodigal son of the community college returns to teach in the classrooms that once gave him his only chance to escape.

Turko-Armenian war brews in the Ivory Tower By Chris Shea
After a century of debate about the Armenian massacres, can the Turkish government endow chairs on American universities without branding Turkish studies as wholy corrupt?

Kamasutra U By Carol Lloyd
In Lee Siegel's outrageously inventive new novel, sex manual marries academic farce with orgasmic results.

The academics who came to dinner By Lee Siegel
Two professors plan a dinner party, aiming for the highest level of ennui.

Black and white and read all over By Steven Pyrrho
One graduate student discovers that skin color sometimes matters more than cogent argument.

Money pit By Patti See
When a university faculty union distributes the salary list, public record becomes private hell.

Hard to stomach By Chris Colin
At Berkeley and Pitt, student activists stopped eating. But were they hungry for change or drama?

The pope who gave birth By Katharine Whittemore
Peter Sanford's engaging first-person history tracks down the medieval legend of Pope Joan and finds there's more to her tale than the Vatican admits.

The long Rhodes home By Carrie La Seur
Hiding from the Oxford mafia and everyone's stratospheric expectations, a young Rhodes scholar takes the hardest class of all: life.

I think therefore I tickle By Jose Klein
In his new book, "The Ticklish Subject," renegade philosopher Slavoj Zizek offers a mind-searing, polyvalent glimpse into the heart of modern freedom.

The story of no By August Jacobs
He vowed never to mix pleasure with teaching but her indifference proved irresistable.

All God's children By Jon Bowen
Alabama's largest private university suspends its community preaching program after white churches turn away young black preachers.

Gypsy Rose Coed By Sarah Gold
Mount Holyoke girls learn how to bump and grind from a tenured professor.

Is the theory of everything a whole lotta hooey? By Ben P. Stein
The search for a theory of everything takes us to the edge of knowledge where pure aesthetic beauty may yield scientific truth.

The shock of the familiar By Sandra E. Stevens
When a teacher turns out to be a dead ringer for your ex-boyfriend, what's a girl to do?

Our scalpels, our selves By Paige Arthur
Sander Gilman slices to the heart of the boob job and finds the ideals of the liberal enlightenment in his "Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery."

Was Lincoln gay? By Carol Lloyd
Firebrand Larry Kramer says he has the evidence to prove it. Lincoln scholars are holding their fire until they see it. Get ready for the second Civil War.

Grad school jerk-offs By Betsy Andrews
What is the connection between solitary study and private pervdom?

Horrible Harvard By Lori Gottlieb
An interview at Harvard Medical School reveals the ice behind the ivy.

Reading genes in black and white By Chris Colin
Last month Florida State University exploded into a frenzy of polemic and rage when a soft-spoken psychology professor claimed he had evidence proving blacks intellectually inferior.

Pearls before swine By Euny Hong Koral
Alvin Kernan's "In Plato's Cave" chronicles the democratization of the university.

Sister solar system By Chris Colin
Could San Francisco State astronomers have discovered the first signs that we are not unique?

Rescuing the feminist book By Maria Russo
Martha Nussbaum reimagines the women's movement -- from global poverty to the right to be hot.

Boys of paradise By Denise Dowling
Deep Springs students slaughter cattle, read Derrida and hire their teachers, but living in utopia ain't easy.

Contemplating Deeper Springs By Whet Moser
Between herding cattle and scribbling essays, one young man finds the time to dance disco under a black light.

Nude Olympics By Jeannette Johnston
Bare-assed and freezing, one cautious Princeton sophomore learns what it means to be bad.

Geography of feeling By Andreas Killen
Will new scientific discoveries about our emotional life make Freud's unconscious obsolete?

Labels of obscenity By Jon Bowen
University of Arizona considers forcing teachers to warn their students of controversial topics in class syllabuses.

Brotherly love By L.E. Wilson
I lived in the fraternity closet and loved it.

Spanking the theory By Danya Ruttenberg
Is the study of the autoerotic more than just mental masturbation?

Strange bedfellows By Christina Boufis
Does academic life lead to divorce?

Who killed Meriwether Lewis? By Leighton Woodhouse
A forensic scientist has stirred controversy by proposing to dig up the famous explorer's bones to find out

Raging against "the Machine" By Julekha Dash
Congolese student alleges death threats when he campaigned against white establishment for U of Alabama's student presidency.

Battling stag/nation By Jill Priluck
Radical hag Mary Daly sues Boston College for forcing coed classes.

The fabulous kingdom of gay animals By Susan McCarthy
A biologists offers the first vision of a tantalizingly diverse natural world: Not all animals are straight arrows

To sir, with love? By Susanna Stromberg
The last thing my professor taught me was that he was only human.

The monk, the philosopher and the cynic By Chris Colin
Philosopher Jean-François Revel and his son, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, set out to have a spiritual dialogue -- but the cosmic harmony was shattered when Christopher Hitchens showed up.

The end of student activity groups? By Kenneth Rapoza
Christian student groups are using the courts to attack the legality of student fees and changing the free speech debate on campus

Pop culture studies turns 25 By David Jacobson
When Ray Browne founded the first department to study "Star Trek" semiotics and cartoon aesthetics, he expanded the boundaries of academic study forever.

Beyond the bottom line By Alec Appelbaum
Faced with the unpredictable world of global business, some MBA programs are searching for a new way to teach ethics. But the question remains, can it be done at all?

From here to fraternity By Rolf Potts
Longing for the college revelry he never had, a young man goes undercover in the land of spring break.

Professor in drag By Jacqueline Swartz
Philosopher Michael Gilbert discusses the delights and enlightenment that come with wearing a dress

What if they threw a revolution and nobody came? By Ben Fritz
Conservative foundations are pouring money into traditionally liberal campuses in the hopes of converting a new generation of right-wing radicals, but will their millions bear fruit?

The teachers we loved
Writers send valentines to the people who opened their minds.

Pact with the CEO By Jim C.Luh
As technology licensing programs gain more currency in American universities, universities will surely gain more American currency, but will research suffer?

Death wishes By Daren Fonda
George Minois' exhaustive study traces the long, strange history of suicide.

Barhopping with the Bud Girls By James Hibberd
Despite widespread publicity about the dangers of teen binge drinking, beer distributers use curvy babes and frat-boy reps to saturate the largely underage college market.

The Big Lie By Michael O'Donovan-Anderson
Why have today's students become a bunch of grade-grubbing morons?

Ditching school By Eli Lehrer
Why would Marc Weiss, a tenure-track professor at Columbia University, give it all up to coordinate tour bus parking?

Darwinian admissions By Megan Olden
Are selective universities turning a blind eye to some students in need?

Is history dead? By Sean McMeekin
Cultural studies scholars are ravaging the facts to suit their bassackward theories.

Historians who know fact from fiction By Sean McMeekin
Despite what the cultural studies boosters might have you think, there are serious contemporary historians who do empirical research.

Bartering brains for bread By Mark Luce
Can the institutions of higher learning escape the long arms of their corporate sponsors?

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