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.


Discussion Points

  • 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. 


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