In This Issue

Intellectuals and Democracy

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What’s an education for? Philosopher Mark Kingwell analyzes our era’s market-utility responses to this question. He argues, however, that education is about making us better and more engaged citizens, perhaps even better people.

Cut and Paste Research

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Research and shopping seem to be converging, as students go to their machines to do “research” at the web’s many info-malls.

Humour Matters – The dangers of LPS (Long-term Professor Syndrome)

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I knew I was in trouble when I considered becoming a public intellectual. Maybe it was all those university seminars on media outreach, filled with useful tips on simplifying your ideas, staying on message, and targeting relevant audiences. Or, maybe it was the e-mails I receive, surprisingly frequently, from people across the country asking me […]

Editorial Matters – The University as Network News

Media and higher education do not inhabit two solitudes. As underscored in this issue, media and academia co-exist, albeit somewhat uncomfortably. They are both public educators: analyzing, interpreting, and broadcasting ideas about the world. They part company, however, over how that is done. Mainstream media reject intricacy, conveying “certainty” and easily digestible depictions of events […]