Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education, a review


When I was a doctoral student early in the millennium, I remember a lot of talk among my colleagues about “lines.” In the academic context, “lines” refer to additions to one’s CV in the form of presentations and publications. Lines were presumed to be good things. The accumulation of such lines would, the story went, […]

Divisions in the university commons yield dividends: A partial review of Peter MacKinnon’s University Commons Divided


In University Commons Divided, Peter MacKinnon, the long-serving president of the University of Saskatchewan, has written an interesting introduction to some of the recent contentious cases in governance of Canadian universities. He provides readers with nice introductory chapter-length descriptions of four cases: Jennifer Berdahl’s blogging about the ousting of University of British Columbia (UBC) President […]

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Ivory Tower Blues, the Sequel


The authors of 2007’s Ivory Tower Blues continue their exploration of a university system besieged and adrift.

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Being Feminist in the Academy


Wendy Robbins, Meg Luxton, Margrit Eichler, and Francine Descarries, eds., Minds of Our Own: Inventing Feminist Scholarship and Women’s Studies in Canada and Québec, 1966-76 (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2008).

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Business as Usual: Elite Universities during the 1930s


Resources and intelligence do not necessarily translate into political or moral fortitude. Stephen H. Norwood, The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

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Ethics of Knowledge: Education, Trans-Disciplinarity and Subjectivity


While the specific practices of art schools concern the author, the lessons should concern any academic who questions the ethics of knowledge production, transmission, and application. A review of Steven H. Madoff, ed ., Art School:Propositions for the 21st Century (MIT Press, 2009)

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Engaging Diversity


How can we incorporate issues of diversity into our teaching? Here’s a practical guide Sue Grace and Phil Gravestock, Inclusion and Diversity: Meeting the Needs of All Students (Routledge, 2008)

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Against a Sea of Troubles


Piracy has been a scourge from the earliest days of the printing press, but are today’s cures worse than the disease? A review essay of Adrian Johns’ Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (University of Chicago Press, 2010). Piracy has been a scourge from the earliest days of the printing press, but are today’s cures worse than the disease?

Book covers for "Research and Innovation Policy" and "National Innovation and the Academic Research Enterprize"

Disentangling University Research Policies


G. Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney (editors). Research and Innovation Policy: Changing Federal Government – University Relations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. David D. Dill and Frans A. Van Vught (editors). National Innovation and the Academic Research Enterprise: Public Policy in Global Perspective. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.