What We’re Reading: June 28, 2012
Today’s roundup of interesting articles and links from around the web includes a conversation with Bill Gates about the future of higher education, discussions about the composition of university governing boards and the future of peer review, Salvador Dali and Man Ray, and more.
- A Conversation with Bill Gates
Bill Gates sat down with Jeffrey Young from the Chronicle of Higher Education to talk about what’s in store for the future of higher education, what role businesses can play, and how technology can transform colleges.
- House Passes Resolution Regretting Chinese Discrimination in the 1800s
Regret for 19th-century laws, including the Chinese Exclusion Act.
- Open Review: A Study of Contexts and Practices
Is peer review destined to remain (double-) blind? A draft white paper from a group of prominent humanists offers findings on a year-long study of open review practices and possibilities, and offers the opportunity for comments as a model of new processes.
- Constitutional Originalism: Now for Liberals Too
At the Atlantic, David A. Graham writes about historical arguments in favor of the Affordable Care Act: “the left is throwing in the towel and agreeing to argue on the originalists’ terms.”
Governing Board Structure and the University of Virginia’s Fiasco
The controversy over Teresa Sullivan prompts Kris Olds to ask, “what is the most appropriate composition of university governing boards?”
- Finally, a Reason to Call Fundamentalists “Medieval”
Carl Pyrdum has often taken issue with calling contemporary fundamentalists “medieval,” but argues that a home-schooling textbook that uses the Loch Ness monster to argue against Darwin “is kicking it old school–sixth-century old school.”
- Herb Gans Is Right
At Brainstorm blog, Laurie Essig comments on Gans’s recent “rant against cultural sociology for separating itself from what he calls structural sociology,” and why this is not merely an academic argument.
- My Trip Behind the Scenes of the Museum’s Hip-Hop Collection
On the National Museum of American History blog: Early improvised mixers and Afrika Bambaataa’s amazing coat.
- Salvador Dali and Man Ray by Carl Van Vechten, 1934
At Awesome People Hanging Out Together.
- A Picture History of Kew Gardens, New York
Sam Roberts of the New York Times writes about this ongoing project to collect class pictures from P.S. 99 in Kew Gardens, Queens. The project spans from 1929 to today, and shows the metamorphosis of Queens, the most diverse county in the country. You can see the ongoing project here.
- 9 Things You May Not Know about Wimbledon
As play begins in the 126th Wimbledon Championships, History.com has compiled nine surprising facts about the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament.
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