Book review: Open Minds explores how academic freedom and the public university are at risk

Academic freedom has become a common topic of Australian public debate. Yet the concept is rarely examined or critiqued in detail. That […]


Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education, a review

Gerald Walton

When I was a doctoral student early in the millennium, I remember a lot of talk among my colleagues about “lines.” In […]


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

Root Gorelick

In University Commons Divided, Peter MacKinnon, the long-serving president of the University of Saskatchewan, has written an interesting introduction to some of […]


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The Last Professors: A eulogy to “the Last Good Job in America”

Emily Gregor Greenleaf

Frank Donoghue: The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities (Fordham University Press, 2008)


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Chronicles of Faculty Idealism, Disenchantment, and Resistance

Richard Wellen, York University

A collection of the recollections and analyses of long-service academics, who have faced the disenchantment many academics feel, could be a valuable resource for dialogue on our campuses.


Going Global? A Guide to the Twists and Turns of Global Mobility in Higher Education

Meggan Madden

A review essay of Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility (IIE Books, 2009)


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Book Publishing Today: Not for the Faint of Heart

Nancy McCormack

A writer who took a close and critical look at academic publishing in 2005 turns his attention to trade publishing. And what he sees is even less pretty.


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Using Culture to Understand How the Academy is Governed

Bryan Gopaul

William Tierney’s book, The Impact of Culture on Organizational Decision Making (Stylus 2008), discusses the importance of using a cultural lens on the governance of higher education institutions.


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Being feminist in the academy

Katrina Srigley

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

Hilary Earl

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.